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Bechstein's Bat Is Forest Specialist
2013-05-28 15:54:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study sheds a little light on the origins of the Bechstein's bat, which tends to be thought of as a Euro-Siberian species. The Bechstein's bat is distributed from the Iberian Peninsula to the Caucasus, and is even seen as far south as Scandinavia. Moreover, the species is regarded as rare, despite its abundance in the fossil records of the late Pleistocene and Holocene periods. Fossil records show that the start and...

2013-05-22 12:24:23

PSA PROFILES A BAT SPECIES FACING EXTINCTION OTTAWA, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - On this International Day for Biodiversity, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) proudly announces that the Little Brown Bat is the focus of the next public service announcement in the Hinterland Who's Who (HWW) series. The new PSA will highlight what was once the most common and widely distributed bat species in Canada.  Sadly, this amazing bat, alongside three other Canadian bat species, is currently...

Blind People Can Learn To Use Their Inner Bat
2013-05-21 05:51:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have known for a long time that blind and visually impaired people rely on other senses. A new study led by the University of Southampton, however, now shows that they have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that of bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object. The researchers examined how hearing, particularly the hearing of echoes, could help blind people with spatial awareness and navigation....

World's Most Extreme Hearing Animal Discovered By Researchers
2013-05-08 14:45:58

University of Strathclyde Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz — the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world. Humans are only capable of hearing sounds of 20kHz maximum, dropping to around 12-15kHz as we age, and even dolphins, known exponents of ultrasound, can't compete as their limitations are around 160kHz. The research, conducted at...

Bats Get Tongue Erections
2013-05-07 08:31:33

Watch the video "A Dynamic Nectar Mop" April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What do busy janitors and nectar feeding bats have in common?  They both want to wipe up as much liquid as they can, as fast as they can. And it turns out, they both have specialized equipment for the job. A new study, led by Brown University, describes the previously undiscovered mechanism used by the bat, Glossophaga soricina, to slurp up extra nectar from within a flower: a tongue tip...

Studying How Brains Work When Bats Are On The Move
2013-04-19 11:11:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two new studies, published this week in Science, examine the mechanisms of animal navigation using bat models. RATS AND BATS The first study is the result of collaboration between University of Maryland (UMD), College Park and Boston University (BU). The findings, based on brain rhythms in bats and rats, challenges a widely-used model — based solely on rodents — of how animals navigate their environment. The study...

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2013-04-10 09:58:30

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bucknell University Associate Professor of Biology DeeAnn Reeder made a surprising discovery recently while conducting research in South Sudan. Collaborating with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Programme Officer Adrian Garside, her discovery led to the identification of a completely new genus of bat found while on a mission to conduct general field research and pursue conservation efforts in this remote region of Africa....

Donor Kidney With Rabies Kills Recipient
2013-03-15 22:26:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) announced today a Maryland man who recently died of rabies contracted the disease when he received an infected transplanted kidney a year and a half ago. As a result of this revelation, three other patients who received organs from the same donor are “doing fine,” but have been given rabies shots as a precaution, according to CDC officials. The doctors who...

White Nose Syndrome Detected Earlier In Bats Thanks To Better DNA Analysis
2013-03-14 08:15:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers studying White Nose Syndrome (WNS) identified a fungus called Geomyces destructans as the cause of the devastating disease, but until now have been unable to detect it without finding dead or dying bats. New research by a team of US Forest Service scientists and partners has identified additional species of Geomyces. The study, published in the journal Mycologia, describes the development of a highly sensitive...

2013-03-11 08:21:38

Organization for Bat Conservation staging hands-on presentations at 14 nature centers throughout southeast Michigan to facilitate better understanding - and love - for bats BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bats navigate by echolocation, but the world's sole flying mammals fly under the radar screen when it comes to positive first impressions among the public. Volunteers at the Cranbrook Institute of Science-based non-profit Organization for Bat Conservation...


Latest Bat Reference Libraries

Greater mouse-eared bat, Myotis myotis
2013-10-11 08:16:26

The greater mouse-eared bat is primarily found throughout Europe. It weighs about 1.6 ounces, has a wingspan of 14-18 inches and its body is 3-3.5 inches long. The Greater mouse-eared bat has a medium brown upper-body and a greyish belly. This species of bat does not use echolocation for hunting but rather catches its prey from the ground and water surfaces, a process known as gleaning. It finds its prey by listening for the noises that these animals usually make. Its menu consists of...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser mouse-eared bat, Myotis blythii
2013-09-27 10:50:24

Populations have been found in southern Europe, southern central Europe and southwestern Asia. The lesser mouse-eared bat is a very social species therefore they travel and remain in groups rather than individually. These groups can be as large as 500 bats and could be mixed with the greater mouse-eared bat. Their feeding habitats are scrub areas, grasslands, farmland, and some gardens. It eats grass crickets and cockchafers. These insects are hunted by the lesser mouse-eared bat while...

Azores noctule, Nyctalus azoreum
2013-09-18 15:49:27

This species is a red listed endangered species. The Azores noctule bat lives in the dry forests of the Portugal islands known as the Azores. The endangerment of this species is directly connected to the loss of their habitat caused my human growth. The three primary habitats are haollow trees, caves, and buildings. The Azores noctule bat is a subspecies to the lesser noctule and the genetic differences are very minimal. The Azores bat is smaller in weight as well as length. The Azores also...

Greater noctule bat, Nyctalus lasiopterus
2013-09-18 15:41:29

The greater noctule bat is found in Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. This species of bat is a tree-dweller and roosts in high, hollow, deciduous trees year round. However, the greater noctule bat will roost in pine trees if there is a shortage of hollow trees. This bat chooses a roosting spot by characteristics of a tree more than type of tree; such as, decaying and high off the ground. Females will be found primarily in warmer climates that are ideal for fetal growth and milk production....

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