Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1995

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biology

Advisor

Jerry R. Choate

Abstract

I studied bats in the Gypsum Hills of south-central Kansas in an attempt to evaluate their status. I gave special attention to the pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) and Townsend’s big-eared bat (Plecotus townsendii), both of which are listed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks as “nongame species in need of conservation” (SINC). Barber and Comanche counties in Kansas were the primary study areas, but I also investigated bats at one locality in Kiowa County, Kansas, and two in Woods County, Oklahoma. I observed bats in numerous caves and sinkholes throughout the Gypsum Hills, and searched barns and other man-made structures to locate colonies. I kept detailed records on numbers of bats at different sites and I compared my data with those from all previous studies in the same region. After reviewing data from this and previous studies, I concluded that both SINC species are declining in numbers. Accordingly, I recommend that a plan for conservation of those species be developed.

Rights

Copyright 1995 Steven P. Adams

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