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2nd April 2014

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Light pollution alters bat behaviour →

Over 1/4 of all mammals are bats and they are critical both for insect control (microbats) and seed dispersal (fruit bats). It is not good that they are avoiding areas with night light pollution. We should really consider how much lighting we need at night. I love looking at the night sky without all the city lights. 

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19th September 2013

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Meet the World’s Biggest Bat

A nice National Geographic video about the Black Flying Fox in Australia. These giants may frighten some when you first see them, but the are actually harmless fruitivores with no interest in humans at all. Once you get a closer look, you will see they have adorable puppy faces. 

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8th July 2013

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Koalas and Flying Gardeners? →

A good reminder that flying foxes and birds are Australia’s primary pollinators and not insects, and some good information on how gardeners can net and fence so that we can live in peace with these very important animals without killing them in fruit netting. 

This is a local Brisbane blog entry…

Tagged: flying foxesbatsbirdspollinationpollinatorsnettingconservation

Source: pollinatorlink.wordpress.com

24th April 2012

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Stunning shots of thirsty bats swooping down for a drink from garden pond →

These are some AMAZING microbat action shots. I wish I had a fraction of that kind of photography skill.

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21st February 2012

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Microbats of the Murray →

An nice article on microbats along the Murray River in Australia. Definitely watch the picture/ audio presentation at the top of the page. Microbats are so important to insect control though most people never give them a second thought because they are so rarely seen. World wide microbat declines are extremely worrying as it could lead to more farming problems if insects are not naturally controlled.

Tagged: batsconservationeducationanimalsaustraliaABC news

18th February 2012

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Batmobile takes babies home →

My friend Trish Wimberley of the Australian Bat Clinic is in the news again. She is returning the orphaned  spectacled flying fox babies back to the Tolga Bat Hospital in northern Queensland so they can be released back into their native habitat. Good work rehabbing so many special bats, Trish!

Tagged: Trish WimberleyAustralian Bat ClinicDaily Mercurybatswildlife rehabilitationconservation

14th November 2011

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Spectacled Flying Fox Babies in transit from Cairns to Brisbane

Here are the latest arrivals at the Australian Bat Clinic. They are 98 orphaned threatened Spectacled Flying Foxes that have been sent down from Cairns for some extra TLC during the bottle stage of their development because so many orphans have flooded into the Tolga Bat Hospital in Atherton. Strict quarantine procedures must be kept with these little guys since the range of the Spectacles does not overlap with the Grey Headed Flying Fox that is common around Brisbane though also listed as a vulnerable species. Volunteers are needed at the Australian Bat Clinic over the next few weeks if anyone lives locally and would be interested in helping out.

Flying fox babies drink milk of human kindness on trip south

Tagged: batsanimalsconservationendangered speciesCourier Mail

8th November 2011

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Bats building bonds Some bats live in belfries. Others prefer tents →

Interesting study that bats that build temporary housing that has to be rebuilt frequently have more of a community bond than bats that can find a more long lasting structure to roost in.

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25th October 2011

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Wildlife clinic goes batty

I just found this video on YouTube of a news segment on the Australian Bat Clinic from last December. It shows parts of the clinic I volunteer at as well as Trish who runs the place, and of course it features lots of cute baby bat video. Never fear the fridge was repaired and the bats grew up healthy and strong and were later released. However, this season of baby bats has just started coming in so the clinic as well as all wildlife rehabilitators will need more donations and volunteers to help another generation of native wildlife make their way into the wild world.

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3rd October 2011

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Bats Have Superfast Muscles—A Mammal First →

More confirmation that bats are awesome, and really aren’t like other mammals in many ways besides the ability to fly.

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15th September 2011

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Pictures: "Demon" Bat, Other New Tube-Nosed Species Found →

Hey, I don’t like that the new bat is called a demon bat! Bats get enough bad PR without naming them things like that. I think he is rather cute, and how can anything the size of your thumb be demonic? I also think it is super cool that they are continuing to discover new bat species. People would be amazing if they realize how many different kinds of microbats are flying around while we are peacefully sleeping.

Tagged: batsnew speciesanimalsconservationnational geographic

9th September 2011

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Vampire bats could save stroke victims →

Bats are my hero! <swoon>

Seriously, this is yet another example of why biodiversity is so important. A lot of plants and animals have unique chemical compounds that can be used for all sorts of unexpected medical purposes. If those species don’t exist, we can’t research them and learn their secrets to benefit ourselves. Conservation and environmental research isn’t just about saving the planets beauty for ourselves and future generations to enjoy. It is also about helping advance technology by mimicking nature who does so many things so much more gracefully than we do.

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15th August 2011

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Bat colony to be removed →

And the stupidity begins…. Little red flying foxes don’t stay anywhere for very long. They are a very migratory species so trying to chase them off is somewhat an exercise in futility. Destroying trees also doesn’t seem very wise as Australia is short of trees and a lot of other animals and birds would be living in those trees with the bats. Yes, Hendra is a concern, but panic and ecological upset are not generally good ways to handle a emerging  disease.

Tagged: batsHendra virusqueenslandstupiditySydney Morning Herald

10th August 2011

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Bats Drawn to Plant via "Echo Beacon" →

Bats are important pollinators in other parts of the world outside Australia, and it seems that this Cuban plant is specifically shaped to attract pollinating bats. That is really cool! I wonder how many other plants are specifically adapted to attract bats? Research has shown that some Australian trees have peak nectar production in the middle of the night because Australian flying foxes are the primary forest pollinators of most native trees.

Here is the BBC article on the same research:

Plant evolved a bat beckoning beacon

Tagged: batsresearchpollinationanimalsnational geographicBBC News

7th August 2011

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The problem driving Queensland batty →

I really hope that there are no more Hendra outbreaks this year and that the bat conflict dies down. Culling a threatened species that is the primary pollinator of the forests is beyond stupid. Dispersal sounds nice, but flying foxes are wild and fly which means it is not possible to control where they go. They never go where you want them to go and generally you end up wishing they would just go back where there were to start with by the end of a lot of drama. Several Australian bat re-locations have already learned these lesson. This article at least seems to cover all the various sides, and I don’t think you would need to guess which side I am on.

Tagged: batsHendra virushealthhorsesenvironmental dangerenvironmental impactconservationqueenslandaustraliaBrisbane Times