Photo: Spider by Boris
Links related to bats presented in a somewhat random fashion:
White-nose syndrome is quietly killing millions of bats
Mauritius to kill 18,000 threatened native bats in ‘disgraceful’ cull – Mongabay
Bat removal in Charters Towers in north Queensland goes off with a bang
Australasian Bat Society
Give a bat a bad name – Bats exist in an extraordinary reality where nothing is quite as we humans know it: whether it’s flying, hanging upside down all day, using echo-location to hunt, or roosting deep in a cave… bats are different.
Bat Conservation International (US)
14th Australasian Bat Society Conference
Tolga Bat Hospital
Bats In Folklore and Mythology
Australasian Bat Society website, including an article in its Newsletter Archive by Lindy Lumsden on the Christmas Island Pipistrelle
Naracoorte Caves National Park, SA
ABC’s Scribbly Gum on Grey-headed flying foxes
Bat Rescue Inc. Gold Coast
Where I live, in Austin, Texas, 1.5 million bats live in crevices beneath a single downtown bridge. When they began moving in, public health officials warned that they were diseased and dangerous–potential attackers of humans. Yet, through Bat Conservation International, we educated people to simply not handle them, and 30 years later, not a single person has been attacked or contracted a disease. Fear has been replaced by love as these bats catch 15 metric tons of insects nightly and attract 12 million tourist dollars each summer.
– Merlin Tuttle, Year of the Bat
Did you know …
What animal pollinates the agave plant? The agave plant blooms at night – when the long nosed bats are out!
A bat’s heart rate is 300-400 beats per minute. During hibernation it can drop to 10 bpm
Many bats, and almost all in the United States, thrive on an insect diet. A single bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects every hour, and each bat usually eats 6,000 to 8,000 insects each night.Their appetite for mosquitoes certainly makes a backyard more comfortable.