Wildlife Spotlight: Florida Bonneted Bat
Florida bonneted bats are named for their spectacular, satellite-like ears that extend over their foreheads like bonnets. Like many other Florida residents, these bats have an intolerance for cold temperatures that keeps them from moving farther north. Unfortunately this puts their homes in the path of dangerous sea-level rise.
Bonneted bats prefer to forage in open spaces rather than crowded city spots and already face challenges in Florida's rapidly developing landscape. And with up to six feet of sea-level rise predicted by the end of the century, many of their roost sites will be inundated.
As the result of a Center lawsuit, Florida bonneted bats will get protected critical habitat, giving these unique critters a flying chance in the face of population pressure and climate change.