Detection of bats by mist-nets and ultrasonic sensors Academic Article uri icon


  • We conducted short-term bat surveys as part of an inventory program at 23 sites in 12 mountain ranges of west-central Nevada during the summer of 1994. With this information, we compared the number of bat species identified through direct capture in mistnets with the number detected ultrasonically by their echolocation calls. The average number of species detected per site did not differ between the 2 techniques, but neither technique identified all of the bat species present at all sites. Because both mist-netting and ultrasonic detection may incompletely sample bat communities, we advise using both techniques when conducting surveys for bat species presence.

published proceedings

  • Wildlife Society Bulletin

author list (cited authors)

  • Kuenzi, A. J., & Morrison, M. L.

complete list of authors

  • Kuenzi, AJ||Morrison, ML

publication date

  • June 1998