A Love Affair with Bats
I have had many great nights out catching bats in the north eastern U.S. It’s a treat to be outside during the night, it’s incredible what you see! Millipedes, spiders, dew drops and all other sorts of night life.
I have worked with a variety of studies which use mist-netting and harp trapping techniques to capture bats. These studies have a variety of goals including marking presence or taking tissue/fur samples for analysis.
Pictured here – in no particular order – are some of the bats I’ve had the privilege of working with through the years. Species are :
- Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
- Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
- Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)
- Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis)
- Eastern Pipistrille (Perimyotis subflavus)
- Eastern Red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
- Eastern Small-footed Myotis (Myotis leibii)
- Silver haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
- Northern Long-eared bat (Myotis evotis)
Bats serve a tremendous ecosystem service and should be your friends! If you have a place where bats frequent, think about taking measures like putting up bat houses. Bats eat a lot of mosquitoes – so use that as incentive!
Lately the cave-hibernating species of north america have been decimated by white-nose syndrome. This fungal disease was likely introduced from European caves, and has led to precipitous drops in bat populations; conservatively the Fish and Wildlife service estimates 5,500,000 bats have died (5.5 million!)To read about white-nose syndrome visit http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/ for some great information on the national plan to help control the spread of this disease.