Range and Habitat Preferences of Northern Long-Eared Bats in Nebraska

The proposed listing of the Northern long-eared bat under the United States (US) endangered species act would require projects account for potential "take" (i.e. any mortalities, including inadvertent or accidental and potential habitat destruction) of the species. The distribution and habitat needs of this species within Nebraska are poorly understood but imperative to evaluating potential impacts of road and bridge projects. Current United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) guidelines require all projects that contain suitable habitat (any tree over 3 inches diameter at breast height) to conduct expensive surveys and tracking of bats to evaluate impacts on the Northern long-eared bat. Additionally, bridges, which may be used as roosts, would need surveys before maintenance or demolition. To meet these requirements, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) would need to hire USFWS qualified biologist to conduct surveys for the endangered bat on most projects throughout the state, a time-consuming and expensive process.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $208478.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      SPR-P1(15) M047

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Nebraska Department of Roads

      P.O. Box 94759
      Highway Building
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68509-4759
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Nebraska, Lincoln

      527 Nebraska Hall
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68588-0529
    • Principal Investigators:

      Allen, Craig

    • Start Date: 20150301
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20161231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 39435

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01560270
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nebraska Department of Roads
    • Contract Numbers: SPR-P1(15) M047
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 11 2015 1:00AM