Bat Conservation in Costa Rica- Topic Selection and Outline

This topic submitted by Laurel Hricik ( at 12:51 PM on 3/11/05.

Acropora palmata is an important indicator species of barrier reefs in the tropical Atlantic. Fire coral are also abundant in the Bahamas.

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

I will be discussing the conservation strategies of bats in Costa Rica. The discussion will include information on the various species of bats found in Costa Rica, why these bats are important, and specific strategies that are being done to preserve these species. I feel this topic is important because many people are unaware of the beneficial services bats provide to ecosystems throughout the world.

Bat Conservation in Costa Rica

I Introduction
A. Why bat conservation is important
B. Factors influencing the declination of bat populations
1. Increased agriculture
2. Urban Development
3. Improper bat control efforts
C. Bat species found in Costa Rica
1. Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba)
2. False vampire bat (Vampyrum spectrum)
3. Sucker-footed bats (of the genus Thyroptera)
4. Yellow-shouldered bat (Sturnira mordax)
II Conservation strategies
A. Educational Programs
1. Museums
2. Books
3. Workshops
B. Conservation Programs
1. increased data collection
a. Use of bat detectors
b. Use of mist nets
III Biological and Economic Importance
A. Pollination
B. Rabies/ health issues
C. Biodiveristy
D. Insect control
IV Conclusion


Bat C.R.E.W. Rabies and Health Information. Available from the worldwide wed.

Fenton, M. Brock. Bats. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, c2001.

Jacobson, Susan K. (edited by). Conserving Wildlife: International Education and Communication Approaches. New York: Columbia University Press, c1995.

Kunz, Thomas H., and Paul A. Racey (edited by). Bat Biology and Conservation.
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

LaVal, Richard K. and Bernal Rodriguez-Herrera. Conserving Costa Rica's Bats: A New Program Takes 110 Bat Species Under its Wing. Bat Conservation International.

Mori, Scott A. Bat/Plant Interactions in the Neotropics. The New York Botanical Garden. Last updated: Wed 07/21/2004.

Organization for Tropical Studies. List of Mammals at La Selva Biological Monitoring Station.

Next Article
Previous Article
Return to Topic Menu

Here is a list of responses that have been posted to your discussion topic...

Important: Press the Browser Reload button to view the latest contribution.

If you would like to post a response to this topic, fill out this form completely...

Response Title:

Optional: For Further Info on this Topic, Check out this WWW Site:
Response Text:

DOWNLOAD the Paper Posting HTML Formating HELP SHEET!

We also have a GUIDE for depositing articles, images, data, etc in your research folders.

Article complete. Click HERE to return to the Pre-Course Presentation Outline and Paper Posting Menu. Or, you can return to the course syllabus

  • Tropical Marine Ecology of the Bahamas and Florida Keys
  • Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica
  • Site NAVIGATION--Table of Contents

    Listen to a "Voice Navigation" Intro! (Quicktime or MP3)

    Search WWW WITHIN-SITE Keyword Search!!



    Hays' Marine Ecology Images and Movies Ohio Bird Photo Collection | Tropical Bird Collection | Costa Rica Image Collection | Edge of the Farm Conservation Area | Hays' Tarantula Page | Local Watershed Fish Studies| Wildflowers, Arthropods, ETC in SW Ohio | Earth Science Resources | Astronomy Links | Global Change | Marine Ecology "Creature Study Guide" |


    | Educational Philosophy | Discovery Labs: Moon, Geologic Time, Sun, Taxonomy, Frisbee | Project Dragonfly | Vita |Field Course Postings | Student Research Postings | Nature/Science Autobiography | Environmental Programs at Miami University


    Daily Necessities: Macintosh Resources |Search Engines | Library Resources|Server Stats| Family Album | View My Schedule | View Guestbook | Western College "Multimedia Potpourri"

    It is 5:20:46 PM on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Last Update: Wednesday, May 7, 2014