January 17, 2019

Protecting Bats Ahead Of Bridge Project.

Jamestown, CA — There will be traffic delays next week on Highway 108/49 as Caltrans takes steps toward preventing bats from taking residence at a bridge ahead of work planned for the summer.


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December 30, 2018

Rush Ranch goes to the bats.

Quirk and a few of her bat friends will be at the Rush Ranch Nature Center at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 12. Rush Ranch is located on Grizzly Island Road, approximately 2 miles south of Highway 12 in Suisun City.

Quirk is founder and executive director of Northern California Bats, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats.


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December 04, 2018

Sound-absorbing fur helps moths avoid bat predation.

Neil and his colleagues measured the acoustic qualities of fur found on the thoraxes and wing joints of moths and butterflies. Their analysis showed moth fur was thicker and denser than butterfly fur. In the lab, tests showed moth fur was better at absorbing ultrasonic waves.

The less a bat's acoustic signals echo off an object, the harder it is for a bat to recognize the object.


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November 20, 2018

Study reveals importance of 'cryptic connections' in disease transmission.

Innovative study of fungal disease in bats quantifies unseen interactions that play a key role in the spread of disease through populations and between species.


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November 06, 2018

There’s a bat apocalypse unfolding. Can science stop it?

Scientists call it Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd. But it’s also known as the flesh-eating fungus that’s been annihilating bat populations across North America. In just over a decade, it has killed off upwards of six million bats.


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November 04, 2018

Researchers piece together disparate records as disease closes in on western bats.

National wildlife databases contained sparse and sporadic data on winter roosts of western bats. However, a concerted effort by the scientific community has produced one of the largest, most complete dataset of recorded hibernacula in the western United States.


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October 25, 2018

Be a Hero for Bats!

October 24-31 is Bat Week, an annual, international celebration of the role bats play in the natural world. Bats are truly amazing creatures. There are more than 1,400 species of bats in the world, about 20 percent of all mammal species. About two-thirds of bats are insectivorous. They consume between 50 and 100 percent of their own weight every night. They protect our food crops and timber industry—worth more than $57 billion per year—and if it weren’t for bats, farmers would surely use more chemical pesticides than they do now.


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October 21, 2018

To protect biodiversity, researchers say we need to bring the wild back into our farmlands.

With a body the size of a fist and wings that span more than a foot, the big brown bat must gorge on 6,000 to 8,000 bugs a night to maintain its stature. This mighty appetite can be a boon to farmers battling crop-eating pests.


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October 20, 2018

Las Palmas area bat tests positive for rabies.

A bat found near the Las Palmas 2 neighborhood outside Salinas on Monday tested positive for rabies, the Monterey County Health Department said.


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October 18, 2018

All bats big and small: Southern California is a popular home for the winged creatures of the night.

Halloween and blood-sucking vampires in the movies give bats a bad name, but around here, bats eat insects and nectar and are very beneficial to us nonflying mammals.


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