The Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) is protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. The new survey protocol provided by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends guidance on survey methodology and reporting requirements. The protocol is designed to determine whether Indiana bats are present or likely absent at a given site during summer. The approach is phased and includes coordination with the UISFWS, habitat assessments, and acoustic, mist-net, radio-tracking, and emergence surveys.
Future changes to the guidance are anticipated for 2014 and should be available the USFWS Indiana bat survey guidance website.