Interior Department to Spend $600K to Radio Track Bats

October 16, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Bats (AP Photo)

( – The Interior Department through its Bureau of Reclamation has announced a $600,000 grant opportunity to capture and radio track California leaf-nosed bats and Townsend’s big-eared bats “from foraging areas and roosting areas to determine and describe the distribution of foraging distances (or distance to resources).”

“Given that leaf-nosed bats are active year round, it is anticipated that tracking will occur in at least two seasons (summer and winter) to determine if foraging distance changes depending on season,” the announcement said.

“Townsend’s big-eared bats are not known to be winter active, but do arouse from hibernaculum in the spring and move to summer roosts. Female bats will not be tracked during the maternity season while they are either pregnant or lactating,” the announcement added.

“While radio-telemetry is the desired method, the applicant will propose the technical approach that will be used (active ground tracking, active air tracking, passive data loggers, or a combination of methods),” it said.

The grant, which was announced on Sept. 23, is for up to 10 awards to total $600,000. The deadline to apply for the grant is Oct. 18. contacted the Interior Department for comment, but calls were not returned by press time.