Glen Canyon Bat Inventory & Monitoring
Since 2016, GLCA staff and citizen scientists have used a centralized monitoring method (North American Bat Monitoring Program [NABat]) to assess distribution, abundance, trends and threats of bat species susceptible to White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). The project focuses on assessing bat populations using NABat stationary and mobile acoustic surveys, WNS/Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) surveillance, and enhancing WNS and bat-related education and outreach. Data collected during these efforts contribute to a statistically robust dataset, which enables researchers to make inferences about bat species distribution, abundance, and threats on local, regional, and continent-wide scales.
Bats of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
17 species are known to occur within the park.
Outside Science (inside parks) video
In this episode of Outside Science (inside parks), spend time with interns, volunteers, and staff at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to see how and why they study bats.
From 2016 –present, GLCA has collaborated with Grand Canyon Youth and other partners to engage volunteers in a citizen science-based acoustic bat monitoring project on multi-day river trips along the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Since 2016, over 400 citizen scientists have learned about bat ecology, threats, and conservation. In addition, the citizen scientists learned and developed bio-acoustic monitoring skills through deploying acoustic bat detectors per National Park Service protocols. Since 2016, the citizen science project has identified 14 species of bats through acoustic monitoring including the first record of the Greater Mastiff bat within the NPS boundary.
Annual Glen Canyon Bat Festival
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has partnered with Glen Canyon Conservancy to host a Bat Festival each summer since 2016. The event features crafts, games, bat house building, bat listening walks, informational booths, and guest speakers. The festival theme focuses on the ecological importance of bats in pest control, seed dispersal, and pollination and how the public can contribute to bat conservation efforts. The event typically is held the third week of July.
The Adopt-A-Bat program is a partnership between NPS and Glen Canyon Conservancy. You can help support bat conservation, research, and management at Glen Canyon by joining the Adopt-A-Bat program. The proceeds received from the program are used to support bat monitoring internships for diverse youth working on bat conservation in the park. Join the Adopt-A-Bat program at Glen Canyon Conservancy stores in Page, AZ, Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center, or by phone.
Last updated: September 17, 2019