Scientists are trying to learn more about a rare bat roost recently discovered in Immokalee. It’s rare because it belongs to the endangered bonneted bat, and it’s only the second of its kind in South Florida. U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists journey into the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge to regularly monitor the bats.
We may not be able to hear or see them, but bats are all around us. During the summer, they take to the sky at night, flying through Maine neighborhoods and forests, across lakes and fields, snatching up insects. During the winter, they gather in caves to hibernate or migrate south to warmer climates.
Bats have not always had a 'good press.' They can seem scary, especially at Halloween time, and they have not been adequately understood, let alone appreciated. Today our bat populations are being decimated by the spread of a deadly fungus that causes "white nose syndrome."An essential ingredient in saving America's bats is in better understanding them and the key roles they play in agriculture and in the ecosystem.
Lopez-based nonprofit Kwiaht is inviting islanders to share in a special Persian dinner at Sunnyfield Farm on Nov. 8 to support local bat research and conservation. Prepared and donated by Lopez teacher and caterer Parvin Baharloo, dinner will be accompanied by a selection of wines from Lopez Island Vineyards, a presentation by Kwiaht director and bat researcher Russel Barsh, and a background track of “bat music” recorded over Lopez village and Hummel Lake. There will be door prizes for the diners, “mainly wearable”, according to Barsh. Diners will also be able to bid on a special wine and cheese bat-viewing evening in the spring.
Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2015 – Today the Bat Week organizing team, comprised of representatives from multiple conservation organizations, federal agencies and business, announced details for the second annual Bat Week. The celebratory week, which will be October 25-31, includes a Signature Event on Capitol Hill, a week long social media campaign aimed to engage and educate the public on bats, and a Guinness World Record attempt for Most Bat Houses Built in a Day. The record setting attempt will aptly be held on Halloween Day at multiple locations including Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.