In Florida, there are 13 native bat species, and 7 “accidental” species that only have a few records of occurrence in the northern or southern extremes of the state (Marks and Marks 2006). Bats in Florida are mainly insectivorous and locate their prey using echolocation, a method of using sound waves to navigate and locate food. Many of Florida’s bat species roost colonially and colonies can range from a few bats to many thousands. However, several of Florida’s bat species are solitary roosters.  The most important natural roost site for bats in Florida are trees with cavities, trees with peeling bark, palms, and caves.

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The Florida grasshopper sparrow is known from only seven breeding locations, with a total estimated population of fewer than 1,000 birds.

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