In approximately 15 years of inventory and monitoring work the National Park Service and its partners have identified 15 species of bats at Pipe Spring. Individuals of eleven of these species have been netted and released after identification and examination. Four more species have been identified by unique recorded audible signatures on a Sonabat device. At the upcoming event, species seen before will undoubtedly be encountered again, and there is always a chance that others yet to be seen up close will be seen - with you there to witness the event.
Inventory and monitoring of bat species at Pipe Spring is important for many reasons. Knowing the bats’ seasonal use patterns is important to Monument managers in scheduling certain activities, such as historic pond preservation work, or hazard tree cutting and removal. Strategically scheduling such potentially disruptive activities can help the park avoid inadvertent impacts to bat populations. Information on seasonality, overall numbers, and other data on various bat species, are indicators of the health of bat populations and environmental shifts caused by climate change or other factors.
Park staff and Professor John Taylor of Southern Utah University (Biology) will be on hand to handle netted bats, give visitors an up-close look, provide information about the natural history of bats, and the science of the inventory and monitoring program. Join us July 11th at 7:00 PM AZ. You will be able to see bats up close and personal, learn about the latest technology to identify the different species, and discover how bats play an integral role in the environment. There will also be a premier of a short film produced in 2013 by the National Park Service and Southern Utah University highlighting Dr. Taylor’s research of the last few years at Pipe Spring
Bring a lawn chair, flashlight, bug spray, and water to drink.
Regular entrance fees will apply - $5.00 per person 16 and older (younger are free). Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes are accepted and sold at Pipe Spring. Pipe Spring National Monument is 15 miles west of Fredonia, AZ on AZ 389, or 45 miles east of Hurricane, UT on UT 59 and AZ 389. For more information, please call Pipe Spring National Monument at 928-643-7105 or visit our website at www.nps.gov