New York Natural Heritage Program
Eastern Red Bat
Lasiurus borealis (Muller, 1776)
Family: Evening Bats and Vesper Bats (Vespertilionidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

Did you know?
Eastern red bats may live close to moderately populated areas and are known to forage for insects around street lights.

State Ranking Justification [-]
Eastern red bats are not rare in the state and so are not tracked by The New York Natural Heritage Program. They occur in the state in the summer, migrate out of the state in the winter, and travel through during migration. They are regularly encountered statewide during acoustic surveys conducted by NYSDEC and this monitoring documented stability in their distribution over the short-term.  Population trends of eastern red bats in New York are unknown and this information is needed to accurately assess threats to the species in the state. They are not as common in New York as in states farther south, and in some parts of their range such as in Michigan (Winhold et al. 2008), there is evidence that they could be declining.

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