I am located in north Georgia. This fall I put up my first bat house and am trying to do some research on bats, habits, behavior. From various resources (BatCon, local wildlife agencies) I've got a list of 16 bat species which may be around here.
What I can not seem to figure out is which of these species have been known to use a man made structure of a backyard bat house scale. Some I understand will not at all - such as the Rafinesque's big-eared bat. Some I understand readily use bat house but the others I don't have a clue.
Another thing I can not seem to find details on is migration/hibernation habits of different species. I'd like to know where the 16 species winters. What do they hibernate in? Caves? Tree bark?
I have a single bat house, have seen bats, water is nearby. I also have an outbuilding which is not at all used and was sort of thinking about hanging baffles in it for species who are not likely to use a bat house but may use a building. Without really understanding bat behavior I am not sure that is a valid plan and may work or just the idea of someone with a tiny bit of knowledge.
So, can anyone recommend a good book, papers, journals, anything on bat behavior - not a bat house plan book - with more detailed information? Thank you in advance.