First records of the Northern Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis) from Labrador and summer distribution records and biology of Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus) in southern Labrador


  • Hugh G. Broders Department of Biology, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
  • Lynne E. Burns Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, 1355 Oxford Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4J1
  • Sara C. McCarthy Department of Environment and Conservation, Wildlife Division, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, P.O. Box 3014, Station B, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador A0P 1E0



Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus, Northern Myotis, Myotis septentrionalis, parturition, Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador


We conducted the first regional survey of bats in Labrador (Newfoundland and Labrador) to provide information on the distribution and biology of bats in this region. Our approach was to locate maternity roosts of Myotis lucifugus (Little Brown Bat) via word of mouth and then capture Little Brown Bats as they emerged from their day-roosts. We also surveyed for free-flying forest-dwelling bats using mist nets and a harp trap along forested trails and roads in southern Labrador. We captured 355 M. lucifugus at nine maternity roosts and one non-reproductive adult female M. lucifugus at a forested site. We captured two adult male Myotis septentrionalis (Northern Myotis) at two of the three forested sites (Gull Island and Grand Lake Road). These are the first confirmed records of this species from Labrador. Maternity roosts of M. lucifugus often had several hundred individuals. The proportion of female M. lucifugus captured at a roost that were either pregnant or lactating ranged from 35% to 96%; the estimated average date of parturition in 2012 was 10 July.