Bat Conservation in Georgia
Bats of Georgia
Rafinesque's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii) GA Rare
big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
northern yellow bat (Lasiurus intermedius) GA Species of Concern
seminole bat (Lasiurus seminolus)
southeastern myotis (Myotis austroriparius) GA Species of Concern
gray myotis (Myotis grisescens) US & GA Endangered
Eastern small-footed myotis (Myotis leibii) GA Species of Concern
little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) GA Species of Concern
Northern long-eared myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) US & GA Threatened
Indiana myotis (Myotis sodalis) US & GA Endangered
evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis)
tri-colored bat [formerly Eastern pipistrelle] (Perimyotis subflavus) GA Species of Concern
Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Georgia is home to 16 species of bats! Bats are a valuable and fascinating part of Georgia's natural heritage. They provide a beneficial service by foraging on flying insects, many of which are pests. A single bat can eat hundreds of mosquitoes in one hour. They also eat large numbers of moths and beetles that cause agricultural damage.
Bats will opportunistically roost and forage in altered habitats such as suburban and agricultural landscapes. A few species, however, have specific habitat needs, such as caves with suitable temperature and humidity, or large, hollow bottomland trees. Populations of these species are more vulnerable to habitat alterations and are of conservation concern. Other factors impacting bat populations include pesticides and water quality that impact aquatic-based food supplies, wind energy and as of the mid-2000s, a disease known as white-nose syndrome (link to http://www.georgiawildlife.com/WNS).
For information about bat species of concern in Georgia, visit our rare bats webpage.
For more information about bats, visit the experts at Bat Conservation International.
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