Planning for Wildlife: An Urban Planning and Design Exploration to Support Mexican Free-Tailed Bats

Dale Bradley, 2015, MLA (thesis link)

Major Professor: Brent Chamberlain
Project Completed while Dr. Chamberlain was at Kansas State University

Key Words: Landscape architecture; Planning; Mexican Free-Tailed Bat; Habitat suitability

ⒸDale Bradley

Project Description

This project looks at the conservation of free-tailed bat populations in Austin, Texas, and how urban planning and design can better support populations. Through GIS mapping, the project produces a series of bat suitability maps in the Austin Metropolitan area, showing where bat populations can be supported. The project then looks at a number of planning policies and proposed development projects across Austin and examines how they can better accommodate bat populations.

Tools and Technology 

  • Mapping – ArcGIS
  • Visualization – Adobe Photoshop