Winter 2013/2014 hibernaculum survey datasheet and criteria for prioritizing white-nose syndrome surveillance activities [for Minnetonka Cave, Bear Lake County, Idaho]

Publication Type:

Unpublished

Authors:

Abel, Becky

Source:

p.[4] (2014)

Call Number:

U14ABE04IDUS

Keywords:

Big Brown Bat, Corynorhinus townsendii, Eptesicus fuscus, Little Brown Myotis, Long-eared Myotis, Myotis ciliolabrum, Myotis evotis, Myotis lucifugus, Myotis sp, Townsend's Big-Eared Bat, Western Small-footed Myotis

Abstract:

These four pages include a survey form, a surveillance criteria sheet, and cave system diagrams. The survey form lists sightings made during a hibernaculum survey on 28 January 2014 at Minnetonka Cave in Bear Lake County, Idaho. The second page lists the criteria for prioritizing white-nose syndrome surveillance activities at this cave system, which is diagrammed on two pages, showing also more specific locations of bat sightings within the cave system. During the survey, 727 bats were observed (including 1 dead individual): Townsend's big-eared bat (76 individuals), big brown bat (2, including 1 dead), western small-footed myotis (9), little brown myotis (26), long-eared myotis (24), and bats identified to the genus Myotis (590). No sign of white-nose syndrome (WNS) was observed, but the bats are located at a distance, and fungus would be difficult to see through binoculars. The one dead bat showed no signs of WNS, but had an injury on the right hip. [Note that a report was written for this survey: Hibernacula survey at Minnetonka Cave, Bear Lake County, Idaho (see U14ABE01IDUS).]