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North American Bat Ranges

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Where 47 species of bats are found.
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Bats are flying, nocturnal mammals of the order Chiroptera, and are found on every continent except Antarctica. They are important pollinators and seed carriers and are critical to many ecosystems. Most bats eat insects, although there are also flower-feeding bats and bats that eat fruit, blood, meat, or fish. There are 47 known species of bats in North America, many of which are threatened or endangered. This map layer was compiled by Bat Conservation International, using data drawn from U.S. State natural heritage programs, Canadian conservation data centers, published literature, unpublished reports, museum collections, and personal communications from university, Federal, State, and local biologists. Bat Conservation International is active in conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve, and it works to protect and restore bats and their habitats worldwide.

The North American Bat Ranges data set shows our current understanding of the distributions of the 47 United States and Canadian bat species and includes ranges that extend into Mexico. Descriptive information includes the scientific name and common name for each bat. Further information on bats is available from the Bat Conservation International home page.


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Bat Range: Eastern Red Bat

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