Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) populations in the Northeast are considered important indicators of long-term forest and ecosystem health because of their sensitivity to climate impacts. Currently, the majority of brown bat research addresses the white nose syndrome epidemic, but future studies on little brown bat as climate indicators are likely. Population metrics can be used to predict future trends in little brown bat populations.
The impacts of climate indicators can be measured using different ecological metrics of quantification. The metrics used in a study can affect how it is designed and the questions that it can answer. The information below shows the types of metrics and number of associated protocols that are captured by the data represented in this project.