Family: Evening Bats and Vesper Bats (Vespertilionidae)
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Eastern red bats may live close to moderately populated areas and are known to forage for insects around street lights.
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Eastern red bats are not rare in the state and so are not tracked by The New York Natural Heritage Program. They occur in the state in the summer, migrate out of the state in the winter, and travel through during migration. They are regularly encountered statewide during acoustic surveys conducted by NYSDEC and this monitoring documented stability in their distribution over the short-term.? Population trends of eastern red bats in New York are unknown and this information is needed to accurately assess threats to the species in the state. They are not as common in New York as in states farther south, and in some parts of their range such as in Michigan (Winhold et al. 2008), there is evidence that they could be declining.
The short-term trends in New York distribution appear to be stable from 2009-2013 (NYSDEC unpub. data) and the populations trends are unknown.
The long-term trends are not known for New York. There is evidence that this species could be declining in at least parts of its range (Winhold et al. 2008).