A novel bird hide will also give sanctuary to bats. In particular, the nature reserve managers hope that Nathusius’ pipistrelle, a rare bat threatened by habitat loss, will use the roost in summer. The hide includes insulated boxes that could house other bat species in winter.
Bat Center graduate student Scott Bergeson and undergraduate James Cox have been conducting research on a roost of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) located on the campus of Saint Mary’s-of-the-Woods College this fall. They are attempting to determine the effectiveness of a new type of temperature sensitive radio transmitter in bat research. To do this, they are harmlessly pasting two different types of radio transmitters to the backs of bats and tracking them back to their roost. While the bats are in their roost, Scott and James are able to record the body temperatures of the bats and the air temperatures that surround them. By comparing the temperatures recorded by these two different types of transmitters, Scott and James will be able to determine just how effective the type of transmitter is.
Another citizen science opportunity! If you live in Alaska or know someone who does, please point them to this page. Bats are rare in Alaska and there are few data on their distribution. For that reason, Alaska wants to know about ANY bat observations in their gigantic state. Get a reporting form and get to it!
An infographic about white-nose syndrome to accompany a nice blog post by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe.
Article found here.
A Natterer’s bat flying just above the leaf litter at a cave entrance in the UK. The broad wings and tail membrane on this insectivorous bat make it well-adapted for flying only a few meters above the ground.
Photo credit: Andy Harmer
You can obtain the art contest entry form for the 2013 ISU Bat Festival HERE.
We’re in the news! ISU student Joey Weber’s work has made news on Science Daily. Recently, Joey completed his first season of research on the federally endangered Virginia big-eared bat. Not only did Joey find several maternity roost sites (previously unknown) for the species in North Carolina, but he also found the bat in Tennessee (a new state record)!
Link to the article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130819102455.htm