GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Plecotus townsendii)

Species Code: PLTO

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= Core Habitat
= Marginal Habitat

Breeding Range Map
The green area shows the predicted habitats for breeding only. The habitats were identified using 1991 satellite imagery, other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Project.

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Map with historical museum records

Other maps & Information:
  • NatureMapping observations
    throughout the year

Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)

Abundant in steppe and a variety of forest types, chiefly at low or sometimes mid-elevation, this bat can forage in almost any habitat and is one of the few bat species that forage more often in upland habitats than over water. This bat is relatively widespread but there is concern over its future because hibernating and breeding colonies are very sensitive to disturbance. Maternity colonies are usually in caves and females readily abandon their young if the colony is disturbed.

Core in all steppe zones and forest zones below the Silver Fir and Sub-alpine Fir zones. All habitats were good.

Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Mammal Volume by Dave Lester
Webpage designed by Dave Lester