We surveyed bats at 36 abandoned coal mines during summer 2002 and 47 mines during fall 2002 at New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area, WV. During summer, we captured three federally endangered Virginia big-eared bats at two mine entrances, and 25 were captured at 12 mine entrances during fall. These represent the first documented captures of this species at coal mines in West Virginia. Future survey efforts conducted throughout the range of the Virginia big-eared bat should include abandoned coal mines.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics