Acta Theriologica

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 301–308 | Cite as

Migration of the Nathusius’ pipistrellePipistrellus nathusii (Vespertilionidae) along the Vistula Split

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Abstract

Migration ofPipistrellus nathusii (Keyserling and Blasius, 1839) was studied from 1995 to 1998 at the Vistula Split, northern Poland. The direction of bat movements during the night were distinguished by two ultrasound detectors facing in opposite directions and connected into a stereo system. To obtain information about fluctuations in the relative density of bats in the study area, bird nest boxes and bat boxes were checked as well. A combination of the results of these two methods allowed the identification of seasonal movements. Spring migration started at the beginning of May and continued until the end of the month. Autumn migration started in mid-July and lasted until mid-September. The peaks in spring and late summer migrations resulted from longer migration activity during nights.

Key words

Pipistrellus nathusii migration ultrasound detecting bat abundance day roosts 

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© Mammal Research Institute, Bialowieza, Poland 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Zoology of VertebrateUniversity of GdańskGdańskPoland

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