Smart-Sciences conducted a Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus, FBB) survey for a 16.83 acre vacant parcel in Hialeah Gardens that is proposed for warehouse development. The site contains mixed wetland hardwoods and Melaleuca wetlands. This survey was conducted in response to the request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the site to be surveyed for potential roosting areas prior to site development. The purpose of this assessment was to identify potential roosts and determine the presence/absence of the FBB within the project site boundary.
Smart-Sciences conducted a pedestrian survey of the project site. Trees that were found to contain features for potential roosts (i.e. palm crownshafts, tree snags, tree crevices) were located using a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and further examined with use of the Tree Top Peeper™ inspection system. The base of these trees were also inspected for bat guano. Additionally, a pedestrian survey was conducted at sunset for monitoring of vocalizations of the FBB. Based on our survey, the site does not contain roosting or foraging habitat for the FBB. There were no observations made or vocalizations heard indicating that the FBB would be present within the project site.