10. Indicator Bats Program: A System for the Global Acoustic Monitoring of Bats

  1. Ben Collen13,
  2. Nathalie Pettorelli13,
  3. Jonathan E. M. Baillie14 and
  4. Sarah M. Durant13
  1. Kate E. Jones1,13,
  2. Jon A. Russ2,
  3. Andriy-Taras Bashta3,4,
  4. Zoltálan Bilhari4,
  5. Colin Catto2,
  6. István Csősz6,
  7. Alexander Gorbachev7,8,
  8. Páleter Győrfi5,
  9. Alice Hughes9,
  10. Igor Ivashkiv3,4,
  11. Natalia Koryagina7,
  12. Anikálo Kurali5,
  13. Steve Langton2,
  14. Alanna Collen13,
  15. Georgiana Margiean6,
  16. Ivan Pandourski10,
  17. Stuart Parsons11,
  18. Igor Prokofev7,
  19. Abigel Szodoray-Paradi6,
  20. Farkas Szodoray-Paradi6,
  21. Elena Tilova12,
  22. Charlotte L. Walters2,13,
  23. Aidan Weatherill13 and
  24. Oleg Zavarzin7

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch10

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action

How to Cite

Jones, K. E., Russ, J. A., Bashta, A.-T., Bilhari, Z., Catto, C., Csősz, I., Gorbachev, A., Győrfi, P., Hughes, A., Ivashkiv, I., Koryagina, N., Kurali, A., Langton, S., Collen, A., Margiean, G., Pandourski, I., Parsons, S., Prokofev, I., Szodoray-Paradi, A., Szodoray-Paradi, F., Tilova, E., Walters, C. L., Weatherill, A. and Zavarzin, O. (2013) Indicator Bats Program: A System for the Global Acoustic Monitoring of Bats, in Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation: Bridging the Gap between Global Commitment and Local Action (eds B. Collen, N. Pettorelli, J. E. M. Baillie and S. M. Durant), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118490747.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 13

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

  2. 14

    Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK

  2. 2

    The Bat Conservation Trust, 15 Cloisters Business Park, Battersea, London, UK

  3. 3

    Animals Research and Protection Association “Fauna”, Trylovsky st. 7/54, Lviv 79049, Ukraine

  4. 4

    Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kozelnytska st. 4, Lviv 79026, Ukraine

  5. 5

    The Nature Foundation, Toldiút 63, Nyíregyháza 4400, Hungary

  6. 6

    Romanian Bat Protection Association, 440014 str. I. Budai Deleanu nr. 2, Satu Mare, Romania

  7. 7

    PERESVET, Olega Koshevogo St., 80, kv. 12, 241029, Bryansk, Russia

  8. 8

    University of Bryansk, Bezhitskaya St., 14, 241036, Bryansk, Russia

  9. 9

    School of Biological Sciences, Woodland Road, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1UG, UK

  10. 10

    Institute of Zoology, Bulgaria Academy of Sciences, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

  11. 11

    School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand

  12. 12

    The Green Balkans – Stara Zagora, 9 Stara Planina Str., Stara Zagora 6000, Bulgaria

  13. 13

    Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332919

Online ISBN: 9781118490747

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Keywords:

  • global acoustic monitoring;
  • indicator bats program (iBats);
  • ultrasonic biodiversity;
  • ultrasonic indicator

Summary

Bats are an important component of mammalian biodiversity and fill such a wide array of ecological niches that they may offer an important multisensory bioindicator role in assessing ecosystem health. There is a need to monitor population trends of bats for their own sake because many populations face numerous environmental threats related to climate change, habitat loss, fragmentation, hunting, and emerging diseases. To be able to establish bat ultrasonic biodiversity trends as a reliable indicator, it is important to standardize monitoring protocols, data management, and analyses. This chapter discusses the main issues to be considered in developing a bat ultrasonic indicator. It focuses on the results from indicator bats program (iBats), a system for the global acoustic monitoring of bats, in Eastern Europe. Finally, the chapter reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the Program and considers the opportunities and threats that it may face in the future.