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NHNM Updates New Mexico Bat Conservation Status Ranks

In October 2012, Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) partnered with local bat biologists to review recent information for New Mexico's bat species and update their state conservation status ranks. Biologists from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney provided expertise to accurately assess each species. This effort was done to assist the New Mexico Bat Working Group and the Western Bat Working Group update their bat matrix. As a member of the Natural Heritage Network, NHNM manages and updates species conservation status ranks at the state level. State conservation ranks indicate the conservation status of individual species within New Mexico relative to its rarity and/or threats to its survival. Heritage ranks are independent of and differ from federal and state legal protection statuses.