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Subject: Bat Conservation International's Newsletter
January 2012, Volume 10, Number 1
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The greater bonneted bat is the largest bat in the U.S. , with a wingspan approaching two feet. It is found in California , Nevada , Arizona , Texas and Mexico though it is rarely encountered in large numbers. Almost nothing is known about the behavior or status of western mastiff bats. Because they roost in cliff-face crevices and feed high above the ground, they are rarely seen and approach the ground only at a few select drinking sites ...read more
WNS Confirmed in Europe
White-nose Syndrome, which has killed as many as 6.7 million bats in North America, has been confirmed in Europe for the first time – although there is no indication of the mass mortality that has decimated bat populations in the United States and Canada . This wildlife disease was positively identified on three mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis) in the Czech Republic . The Geomyces destructans fungus that causes WNS was confirmed in Europe in 2008, and photographs of bats with the characteristic white muzzles of the fungal infection have been reported for several decades, although the disease itself was not found. In the United States , the fungus was first seen on bats in a New York cave in February 2006. The implications of this research, which was reported in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases in January, are unclear... Learn more »
Bat Radio in Nepal
The Western Region of Nepal, centered around the scenic Pokhara Valley , is home to a rich and diverse collection of bat populations. It is also home to some 6 million people, so it’s not surprising that the bats face a host of threats, mostly linked to humans, such as lost habitat, tourism and hunting. Only about half the population can read and write, and many are beyond the reach of television. In this region, mass media mostly means radio. Broadcast journalist Anjana Shrestha, who’s also an active... Learn more »
Bats in the News - Bunker Bats in Israel
"What do you do with a bunch of abandoned army outposts?" asks the Haaretz newspaper of Israel . And the answer is: "Turn them into nature reserves for bats, of course. Or at least, that’s what will happen if the Israel Nature and Parks Authority gets its way." Reporter Zafrir Rinat writes that displaced bats of at least 12 species, about a third of the species in Israel , have found homes in dozens of abandoned military sites in the Jordan River Valley , and the Authority is trying to convince the government to turn them into nature reserves. Parks Authority ecologist Noam Leader recently presented the plan... Learn more »
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