I-95 Bat Survey

As part of a project development and environment study to widen I-95 in South Florida, RS&H wildlife biologists collected 75 bats occupying the I-95 bridge over Glades Cutoff Road to identify the species for an Endangered Species Biological Assessment.  The task was completed under a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Scientific Collecting Permit.

The team collected the bats using a 5.2-meter-high by 12-meter-wide and 38-millimeter mesh polypropylene bat mist net hung from the bridge adjacent to one of the expansion joints inhabited by the bats.  The teamed determined the bats to be Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) before releasing them without harm.
Other environmental services conducted by RS&H for this project included:

  • Documenting gopher tortoises, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and wood storks within the project corridor
  • Calculating the unavoidable wood stork forage biomass impacts within their Suitable Foraging Habitat
  • Delineating and assessing impacts to wetlands and Essential Fish Habitat  
  • Preparing a Wetland Evaluation Report and Essential Fish Habitat Assessment

Project Information

Location:
Saint Lucie County, Florida

Owner:
Florida Department of Transportation