College of Natural Resources & Sciences
Bats are found in urban and natural habitats, although their presence and behavior may differ depending on the environment. Bats can also be affected by various anthropogenic factors such as land conversion, and displacing their establishment. I determine the activity of 3 bat species: California myotis, silver-haired bat, and Mexican free-tailed bat, within urban and natural landscapes found throughout Arcata, CA. Urban landscapes were determined by the presence of buildings in every cardinal direction. This research approach can help determine how bats use valuable habitats which can be incorporated into urban planning.