Permitted biologists at GES, in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, performed a presence/absence survey utilizing double-high mist nets to survey for the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and federally threatened northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis).
Tasks included the set-up and tear down of equipment, as well as monitoring of mist nets and recording of data associated with each capture. A total of 6 bats were captured: 5 eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis) and 1 tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus). No Indiana or northern long-eared bats were captured. Therefore, a not likely to affect determination was made and clearance was obtained from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clear trees associated with the proposed pipeline.