Sciences and Mathematics, College of
Biology, Department of
SURS Faculty Advisor
Animal behavioral patterns can shift due to anthropogenic factors related to pollution, human impact on flora/fauna, and changes in local water sources. While sound pollution can impact the occurrence of bats in urban areas, other factors could also influence bat behavior. This study examines bat occurrence near a water source at two urban parks in Nashville, Tennessee: one is in a highly trafficked area while the other is secluded and bordered by a suburban neighborhood. Both parks have small ponds, numerous trees, and open green spaces. Echo Meter Touch 2 devices were used to capture bat echolocation data at each park near the ponds and in open areas. Kaleidoscope was used to identify the bat species. We expect more calls near water sources and a greater diversity of bats in the secluded park. These results can provide information regarding impacts of anthropogenic factors on bat occurrence in urban areas.
Kiev, Maya; Farris, Austin; and Mason, Evan, "Occurrence of Bat Species at Water Sources in Two Urban Parks in Nashville, Tennessee" (2022). Science University Research Symposium (SURS). 51.