Impacts of anthropogenic disturbance and insect abundance on Sonoran Desert bat activity

Amy Sue Law, , Emma McAndrews & Jess Stumpf
Rapid urbanization has been beneficial and detrimental to desert ecosystems. One group of organisms that are sensitive to such anthropogenic disturbance are bats. In this study, we examined bat abundance and composition in the Sonoran Desert in Southern California to assess how the bat community is affected by human disturbance and insect abundance. We observed bat calls and surveyed insect abundance at sites with high and low levels of human impact. We found that there...
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