Multiscale Bat Habitat Selection and population trends at Maternity Colonies and Hibernacula in Southwestern Quebec

Bats are fascinating animals that provide many ecological services by regulating insect populations. They can eat about 600 insect per hour! Since the introduction of white-nose syndrome in 2006, bat populations in North America have become increasingly threatened. This fungal disease has caused dramatic decreases in many bat populations. Without a cure for white-nose syndrome, the protection of bats and their habitat might be the best way we can help them. However, since bats are small and nocturnal, their preferred habitats are understudied.