By Caitlin KearneyPosted 04.14.2011 at 12:06 pm 2 Comments
A week before last December’s massive floods in Queensland, Australia, volunteers from the Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre rescued 150 orphaned grey-headed flying foxes, these five among them.
During the next two weeks, you can help build a map of global light pollution, assisting scientists and astronomers as they monitor the loss of virgin night skies. You just have to look at the stars and write down what you see — or, more likely, what you don’t see.
Bats — you know we love ‘em — have a remarkable ability to turn, swirl and dive on a dime while in mid-flight, dodging obstacles and grabbing food from the air. Engineers would like to give robots and autonomous vehicles this ability, and they’re turning to bat ears for inspiration.
Biologists are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether the little brown bat — formerly one of the most common mammals in North America — should be added to the endangered species list, bat conservationists said Thursday.
Bat Con 2010 could have been a decidedly depressing science meeting, with days full of papers discussing bat deaths from white-nose syndrome, wind turbines and killings by superstitious people. But not everything was doom-and-gloom.
This is probably the only weekend of the year when people think about bats. Their mysterious, dark nature makes them essential Halloween decorations, and this perennial association with creepiness ensures most people think of them as scary and unwanted.
Hoping to shift that perception, bat conservation groups and the United Nations Environment Programme designated 2011-2012 as the “Year of the Bat,” and kicked it off this week.
DENVER — Bad news for bats: Mother Nature is not the only thing wiping them out. Anthropogenic climate change and renewable energy technology are also wreaking havoc on bat populations throughout North America. Biologists are looking for ways to protect bats not only from a devastating fungus, but from wind turbines and global warming.
Just in time for the annual North American bat summit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had some good news — there’s finally a plan for how to fight white-nose syndrome, which is killing hundreds of thousands of bats across the continent.
The plan coordinates more than 50 state and federal agencies to study etiology and epidemiology, disease surveillance and more. White-nose has spread through 11 states since its discovery four years ago and is expected to reach the midwest and west this winter.
DENVER — Gerald Carter walked over to Dave Dalton's table and paused, listening to a discussion about infrared light. He set down his backpack full of video and audio equipment and smiled. "I love this lamp. I left it running for three months," he said, eyeing a round black object. He has three hard drives' worth of vampire bat videos, all illuminated by the special infrared lamp Dalton sells. It's a fondness only bat researchers could appreciate.