PROJECT NUMBER: 15-1
PROJECT TITLE: Use of Forested Habitat Adjacent to Highways by Northern Long Ear Bats (and Other Bats)
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S) & UNIVERSITY(S): Jeffrey Foster, University of New Hampshire; Co-PI’s: Dan Linden, Cornell University and Erik Blomberg, University of Maine
AGREEMENT TERM: 12/1/2016 – 11/30/2018
ANTICIPATED COMPLETION: 11/30/2018
PROJECT OBJECTIVES: The project objectives would be to develop a matrix of disturbance features (sound frequencies and volumes, canopy width, etc.) and an assessment of a barrier effect that would affect foraging and roosting behavior of Northern Long-Eared Bat colonies and other potential listed species. There would be a screening tool and GIS model that would show zones of influence around highways that have noise and disturbance levels that would result in unlikely bat utilization in adjacent habitats. The screening tool could be GIS-linked. It would like with other geocoded information, and databases, and satellite imagery, that would be updated by future researchers if need be as more information is collected.
REPORTS/PAPERS PUBLISHED, PRESENTATIONS MADE RELATING TO THIS PROJECT FROM THE START OF THE PROJECT: None thus far.
QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORTS:
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Chairperson Richard Bostwick: Maine Department of Transportation
Amanda Saul: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Glenn Gingras: Vermont Agency of Transportation
Rebecca Martin: New Hampshire Bureau of Environment
Timothy Dexter: Massachusetts Department of Transportation