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2010-11-23 00:01:07

Nature Conservancy Scientists Compete for $250K to Save Bats from Mysterious Ailment Nashville, TN (Vocus) November 22, 2010 The bats that eat millions of mosquitoes in American backyards every summer could be driven to extinction by a mysterious illness that's spreading across the country, and Nature Conservancy cave expert Cory Holliday hopes he can help save them by building a better bat cave. Holliday and The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee are in the running for a $250,000 grant from...

2010-11-22 16:00:24

There are 27 species of bats identified in the Basque Country today. Twenty years ago there were hardly any records. This data reflects the fruitful work on the ecology and behavioural development of bats by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) research team since the 90s. The director of the team, Mr Joxerra Aihartza, took the first steps when he began drawing up a complete atlas of the distribution of bat species in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (CAV-EAE). There...

2010-11-17 21:15:43

Scientists are looking for answers "” including commercial bathroom disinfectants and over-the-counter fungicides used to fight athlete's foot "” to help in the battle against a strange fungus that threatens bat populations in the United States. That's the topic of an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Correspondent Stephen K. Ritter notes that despite their poor public image, bats are beneficial....

2010-10-26 23:01:00

DENVER, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- 40th North American Symposium on Bat Research -- Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for wildlife around the world, announces its latest version 3.0 of the Wac2Wav(TM) software. This software post-processes WAC recording files created by the Song Meter SM2BAT(TM) ultrasonic recorders to prepare them for analysis by various third-party zero-crossing and full-spectrum analysis tools. "Our new Wac2Wav software makes the...

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2010-09-13 09:40:00

Researchers at the New York State Department of Health have identified a handful of drugs and antiseptics that could help bats fight off the fungal disease which killed more than a million of them throughout the United States, according to a weekend report from the Associated Press (AP). The disease, which has infected bats from New York to Tennessee to Oklahoma, is known as white-nose syndrome, AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione reported on Sunday. According to Jeremy Coleman of the U.S....

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2010-08-16 10:50:00

Four children died and hundreds of people are being treated for rabies after being attacked by vampire bats in Peru, according to various media reports published late last week. The attacks were confirmed by Health Ministry official Jose Bustamente. "At this moment, we're facing an outbreak of wild rabies, produced by the bite of infected bats, in the Urakusa community, especially among the Awajun peoples," Bustamante told RTV on Saturday. "We have identified 508 people bitten who have begun...

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2010-08-06 06:30:00

One of North America's most common bat species faces extinction in the northeastern U.S. within the next two decades due to a rapidly spreading disease known as White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), according to a new study led by researchers at the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences. The threatened bats, known as little brown myotis, are critical in controlling insects that spread disease to humans and animals.  The bats have been known to consume their own weight in insects in a...

2010-06-23 08:48:00

Survey part of national WNS monitoring effort HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists are seeking assistance from residents in a regional monitoring effort to collect bat maternity colony data this summer. This monitoring is especially important due to the mortalities in bat populations throughout the northeastern United States, including Pennsylvania, being caused by White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). "WNS primarily kills during the winter,...

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2010-05-19 13:20:54

Communication across species boundaries by echolocation calls in bats Bats can distinguish between the calls of their own and different species with their echolocation calls, report scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen. This applies even for species closely related and ecologically similar with overlap of call frequency bands (The American Naturalist online, May 11th 2010). As opposed to bird song or the human voice, echolocation calls are primarily used for...

2010-04-07 10:57:39

A leading bat expert with the USDA Forest Service's Southern Research Station today identified nine bat species in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that she believes are most threatened by white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungus that kills bats and appears to be rapidly spreading south from the northeastern United States. Station Research Ecologist Susan Loeb, Ph.D. says WNS has been confirmed in Tennessee, and she says it is just a matter of time before the fungus...


Latest Bats Reference Libraries

Common Bent-wing bat, Miniopterus schreibersii
2013-09-18 15:24:07

This species is part of the largest group of bats in the Vespertilionidae family and are found in subtropical regions such as Australia, Ethiopia, Europe and some Asian areas. Large caves or mines are ideal locations where colonies ranging from a few dozen to several million can hibernate. Hibernation lasts for about 12 days. Colonies will migrate several times a year depending on the weather patterns and as far away as 520 miles. Although the Common Bent-wing Bat is dependent on...

Sulawesi Flying Fox, Acerodon celebensis
2013-08-29 10:18:35

The Sulawesi flying fox (Acerodon celebensis), also known as the Sulawesi fruit bat, is a species of mega bat that can be found in the Sulawesi subregion of Indonesia. Its range includes areas of Sulawesi, Butan like Mangole, Sanana, Selayar, Talenge, and Sangihe. It occurs at elevations of up to 4,921 feet in lowland habitats. It is often found in coastal areas near human settlements on the Sula Islands, causing experts to believe that it can withstand a small amount of human disturbance....

Grey-Headed Flying Fox, Pteropus poliocephalus
2013-07-09 15:17:51

The grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is a species of megabat that can be found in Australia. Its range includes a large area east of the Great Dividing Range that extends from Geelong to Bundaberg and includes Finch Hatton, Ingham, and Adelaide. It prefers a habitat within many areas including swamps, rainforests, and woodlands. The grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat within its range, reaching an average body length between 9.1 and 11.4 inches, a wingspan of up to 3.3...

Black-eared Flying Fox, Pteropus melanotus
2013-07-08 14:47:02

The black-eared flying fox (Pteropus melanotus), also known as the Christmas Island flying fox or Blyth's flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in India, Indonesia, and Australia. It has a limited range that includes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, Sumatra in Indonesia, and Christmas Island in Australia. It is thought to prefer a habitat within mangrove forests near swamps and can be found at elevations of up to 3,280 feet above sea level. The black-eared flying...

Samoa Flying Fox, Pteropus samoensis
2013-07-08 14:43:23

The Samoa flying fox (Pteropus samoensis), also known as the Samoan flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in Samoa, American Samoa, and Fiji. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical forests, but it can also be found near villages or plantations. It roosts in small colonies or alone in the forest canopy and females are thought to give birth to one pup per year. The Samoa flying fox is threatened by habitat loss and hunting in some areas of its range, but it can...

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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
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