North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

North American Bat Monitoring Program

Until recently, there has been no program in place capable of monitoring large-scale changes in bat populations across North America. The absence of scientifically defensible monitoring programs has made it difficult to evaluate the potential effects of emerging and continuing conservation threats, such as white-nose syndrome, habitat loss, and the development of wind-energy facilities. To address this deficiency, a plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) was developed by scientists in the United States and Canada, and is currently being implemented across North America.


Follow these links to learn more about the North American Bat Monitoring Program

◊ A plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)       (Skip to PDF)


Looking for a cell to monitor? See below for information on cell locations.


◊ Alberta 10 km NABat grid cells (.pdf) – High resolution version (14 MB)
This file will take a very long time to load in a browser. Instead, right click and select ‘Save link as…’ and then view downloaded file in Adobe Acrobat.


◊ Alberta 10 km NABat grid cells (.pdf) – Low resolution version (3 MB)
This is the same information as the high resolution version, except small roads are not shown and imagery is lower resolution. This file will take a very long time to load in a browser. Instead, right click and select ‘Save link as…’ and then view downloaded file in Adobe Acrobat.


◊ Alberta 10 km NABat grid cells (zipped .kmz) – < 1 MB
This is a .kmz file showing the 10 km grid cells used for NABat. It must be decompressed and then viewed in Google Earth.