Arizona Bat Removal

Arizona boasts an amazing diversity of Arizona bats: 28 Arizona species representing four families are found in this great state. Arizona bats can be found all across the state in every type of Arizona habitat, from Arizona deserts to forests. Arizona was the first state to have a full-time position within its state wildlife agency specifically designated to work with bats. The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Bat Management Program was created in 1990, when the Department began receiving Heritage Fund money from Arizona Lottery ticket sales for use with wildlife and bats. One goal of the Arizona Bat Management Program is to facilitate the conservation and management of Arizona bats in Arizona by working cooperatively with landowners and local, state, and federal agencies.

The Arizona Department’s Bat Management Program is currently seeking project applications for the 2008 Arizona Bat Grants Program. The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2008. Arizona Projects that address the priorities explained in the Arizona Bat Conservation Strategic Plan will be considered. 

Arizona Program Background

Arizona was the first state to have a full-time position within its state wildlife agency specifically designated to work with Arizona bats. The Arizona Bat Management Program was created in 1990, when the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) began receiving Heritage Fund money from the Arizona Lottery for bats. Originally the Arizona project employed three full-time biologists. Their job was to survey Arizona bat habitat, identify important bat roosts (focusing especially on caves and mines), and recommend conservation and management actions for Arizona areas that were important to bats. However, it quickly became apparent that to effectively conserve and manage Arizona bats, we needed help from the larger bat conservation community.

Arizona State Bat Resource Group

In 1994, the Arizona Bat Resource Group (ABRG) was formed as part of the Arizona Western Bat Working Group. The Arizona ABRG is comprised of agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in bat research, management, and conservation in Arizona. Together, Arizona AGFD and the ABRG have developed statewide strategies for bat management and conservation. In 2003, as a result of these Arizona efforts, the Arizona Bat Conservation Strategic Plan was finalized. The Arizona Plan outlines specific goals and objectives for bat management, research, inventory and monitoring, and education needs that should be addressed in Arizona. The Arizona Plan includes information on each of our 28 bat species, habitat distribution maps, and discussion of the types of habitats bats use in Arizona. Similar Arizona planning efforts are complete or underway in other states.

As an ecological climate change expert, recognizing the value of bats in Arizona’s unique ecosystem is crucial. Bats play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance across Arizona’s diverse landscapes. In agricultural areas like the Salt River Valley, bats contribute to natural pest control by consuming insects harmful to crops, reducing the reliance on chemical pesticides. Additionally, in desert regions such as the Sonoran Desert, bats aid in pollination and seed dispersal, supporting the growth of iconic cacti species like the saguaro. Protecting bat populations in Arizona not only preserves the state’s ecological integrity but also enhances its resilience to climate change by maintaining essential ecosystem functions.

From an environmental perspective, safely removing bats from commercial and residential properties in Arizona is imperative for ensuring both human safety and environmental health. In urban areas like Phoenix and Tucson, where bat populations can seek refuge in buildings, proper exclusion techniques are essential to prevent potential health risks associated with bat guano and diseases such as rabies. By implementing humane exclusion methods and promoting bat-friendly practices, property owners can safeguard public health while preserving the ecological benefits that bats provide to Arizona’s unique habitats.

List of the 20 largest cities in Arizona: 1. Phoenix 2. Tucson 3. Mesa 4. Chandler 5. Scottsdale 6. Glendale 7. Gilbert 8. Tempe 9. Peoria 10. Surprise 11. Yuma 12. Avondale 13. Flagstaff 14. Goodyear 15. Lake Havasu City 16. Buckeye 17. Casa Grande 18. Sierra Vista 19. Maricopa 20. Oro Valley

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