Northern Long-eared Bat
Northern Long-Eared Bat (North Carolina Bat Working Group)
This bat tends to be found in boreal forests but roost in hollow trees, buildings and under loose tree bark, and hibernate in caves and underground mines.
Northern Long-Eared Bat Species Profile (Woods for Wildlife NC)
These bats are generalists of contiguous blocks of mature forested wetlands and nearby old upland forests of any type, including old longleaf, loblolly and shortleaf pine uplands. They have territory sizes ranging from 170 acres (NC mountains) to 3,400 acres (MO Ozarks). Home range size is unknown in the NC Coastal Plain.
Northern Long-Eared Bat Fact Sheet (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
During the summer, northern long-eared bats roost singly or in colonies underneath bark, in cavities or in crevices of both live trees and snags (dead trees). Like most bats, northern long-eared bats emerge at dusk to feed. They primarily fly through the understory of forested areas feeding on moths, flies, leafhoppers, caddisflies, and beetles.
Northern Long-Eared Bat Distribution and Abundance in North Carolina (The Mammals of North Carolina)
In NC, the northern long-eared bat is present year-round, but has a distinctly bimodal distribution — essentially only the mountains and Coastal Plain. Populations are declining somewhat strongly, owing to White Nose Syndrome.