Winter Ecology of Bats

Bats can hibernate for up to eight months to get through the long and cold winters in the north. Here, we try to understand the characteristics of winter hibernation.

Bats rely on their fat reserves to endure the extended winter hibernation period. However, the management of energy reserves is critical to prevent depletion before spring. This intricate balance involves a combination of physiological, ecological, and behavioral adaptations. Our goal is to enhance our understanding of these mechanisms as it is essential for predicting the impact of climate change on hibernating bat populations.