Bat Research

For the conservation of our furry flying friends

Objectives

Our bat study has three main aims:

  1. to continue cataloguing the bat species present on Utila within different habitat types

  2. to estimate and monitor the population size of bat colonies living within limestone cave systems island wide

  3. to establish protection, conservation management plans for bats and facilitate sustainable eco-tourism for cave sites.

We provide internships and training in mist-netting survey methods, data collection and identification.  We want to promote studies into specific topics such as bat species ecology, morphology, abundance and distribution, cave roosting population sizes, behaviour, diet and parasite load.  

We have lots of ideas for student projects and thesis questions!


Natalus mexicanus maternity roost
Natalus mexicanus maternity roost

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Mist netting and data collection
Mist netting and data collection

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Spectral bat - Vampyrum spectrum
Spectral bat - Vampyrum spectrum

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Natalus mexicanus maternity roost
Natalus mexicanus maternity roost

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Bats on Utila

Meet the faces of our friends!

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Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat

Artibeus jamaicensis

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Pygmy Fruit-eating Bat

Dermanura phaeotis

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Pallas's Long-tongued Bat

Glossophaga soricina

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Greater Sac-winged Bat

Saccopteryx bilineata

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Spectral Bat

Vampyrum spectrum

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Mexican Greater
Funnel-eared Bat

Natalus mexicanus

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Argentine Brown Bat

Eptesicus furinalis

Interested in Bats?

Join our internship program to gain field experience or develop your own project!

 See the scheduled dates for our bat internship courses, as well as ideas for student projects and thesis questions.