Bats are reference, key and iconic species for this project.

Bats require special attention and protection, as they are very important for the ecosystem.

Eurobats - Agreement on the Conservation of Population of European Bats

Every year Europe holds an International bat night

The bat scanner showed 3 different frequencies of bats in the project. Probably and by deduction these could be:

Myotis chiloensis (Chilean Myotis) - least concern status;

Histiotus montanus (Small big-eared brown bat) - least concern status;

Lasiurus borealis (Cinnamon Red Bat) - least concern status, population trend - stable;

Histiotus magellanicus (Southern Big-eared Brown Bat) - least concern status.

Family Vespertilionidae: microbats, insectivorous aerial-hawking bats.

Bats are reference species of the project because:

They have been living on Earth for millions of years;

They need forests for life, in particular deciduous forest with dead wood content;

They use watercourses and wetlands for hunting;

They are stressed by light and are endangered by light pollution;

They are good pollinators;

They suffer from the scarcity of insects;

They suffer from pesticides;

They perceive the world in a very different way from our;

They have excellent spatial memory;

They suffer from direct or close contact studies, or stressful and invasive means.

Los murciélagos en Chile se encuentran protegidos por la Ley y Reglamento de Caza del Servicio Agrícola Ganadero (SAG), que reconoce que la mayoría de estas especies son beneficiosas para la actividad silvoagropecuaria.

No capture of bats or any manipulation of wildlife is authorized in the project. Photos below, where bats are manipulated or taken with flash, have been taken from the site iNaturalist. They are good illustrations of destructive stress and disturbances induced to animals, and the dangers for wildlife of “citizens science”. 

Wind energy is tough on bats.pdf

How snuggling close affects bats’ microbiome .pdf

Why not to evict bats from buildings

Drawings are from the book “Radiografía a los murciélagos de Chile”, Ed. Mauricio Canals, Pedro Cattan, 2008. From the same publication:

Rabia en murcielagos de Chile.pdf

Amenazas para murcielagos.pdf

Salud de murcielagos.pdf

                    Travel advice for Chile:

Bats                               Murciélagos

01.2018 - May 2020