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Young forests are preferred summer vacation destinations for bats (USA)


The sight of felled trees and logging activity can be jarring for nature lovers, but from those sites can sprout young forest growth that’s especially attractive to a familiar inhabitant of wooded areas throughout the Northeast – bats.

New findings from researchers at the UConn College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, published in Forest Ecology and Management, finds that a number of bat species native to the Northeast are highly active in newly created forest spaces, foraging for food at higher rates than is typical of mature forests.

Little is known about how different bat species use forests of varying ages, but Natural Resources and the Environment researchers – including Dan Wright ‘20 (CAHNR) MS, Associate Professor Tracy Rittenhouse, and Assistant Professor in Residence Chad Rittenhouse – sought to learn more. What they found sheds new light on how forests can be managed to support bat populations, most of which are threatened or in decline, says Chad Rittenhouse. MORE

Header image: A big brown bat – one of the species common in Connecticut – stops for a drink. Researchers have found that areas of woodland with recently cut trees are popular habitats for bats. Credit: Adobe Stock.