The red bat (Lasiurus borealis) is an uncommon to rare species in BCR 14. It is migratory and leaves the region in the winter. In summer it roosts in tree crowns or the crowns of shrubs in a number of forest types. It feeds over open water and among the trees. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

Habitat Needs

This bat roosts in the dense foliage of tree crowns, usually deciduous, in stands that are open underneath. It hunts for insects in riparian areas, over open water, and along roads and trails. It takes insects from the air or from the ground.

Habitat Management Practices

Maintain relatively mature deciduous stands with a tight canopy near ponds.

Silvicultural Practices

  • Use treatments that develop a closed canopy with a sparse understory or patches of dense regeneration.
  • Use even-aged management creating larger patches.
  • Light thinning or single tree selection is an option if a sparse understory is maintained.
  • See the riparian management guidelines under the Non-Forest Palustrine type.

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