First record of a Nathusius' pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii) overwintering at a latitude above 60°N
Pētersons Gunārs; Salonen Saku; Vasko Ville; Blomberg Anna S.; Lilley Thomas M.
Highly mobile species are considered to be the first to respond to climate change by transforming their ranges of distribution. There is evidence suggesting that Pipistrellus nathusii, a species capable of long-distance migration, is expanding both its reproduction and overwintering ranges to the North. We recorded the echolocation calls of bats at 16 sites in South-Western Finland on two consecutive winters, and detected calls of P. nathusii at one of the sites throughout the second winter. To our knowledge, this is the northernmost record of an overwintering P. nathusii, and contributes to evidence that the species is already responding to climate change.
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