Myotis bat (species not known) hibernating high on an earth crack wall, Wupatki National Monument, Arizona.  Species level identification for myotis bats requires a thorough examination of the animal. Because it was hibernating, we did not disturb further disturb this animal.

Our objectives are to: (i) collect map data and develop high resolution maps; (ii) conduct summer and winter surveys for bats; (iii) sample for cave dwelling arthropods using numerous techniques; and, (iv) document other wildlife use. 

In March 2013, we counted hibernating bats and collected arthropods at two earth cracks.  In April 2013, a mapping team lead by Pat Kambesis mapped three earth cracks. 

Future work involves conducting arthropod inventories in two earth cracks in late August 2013 and counting hibernating bat for a second year in February 2014.

I would like to thank Joel Dugdale and Kayla Lauger for assistance in the field in March 2013.  I also extend my gratitude to Pat Kambesis, Greg Flores and Jeff Jahn for successfully and expeditiously mapping three earth cracks.  Coconino County Search and Rescue remained on standby during field operations.  Paul Whitefield, NPS Natural Resource Specialist, has been invaluable in planning and coordinating fieldwork.  Joel Dugdale served as photographer during the March 2013 work.  This project is funded through a CP-CESU cooperative agreement between Northern Arizona University and the National Park Service.