As you know, we here at Urban Hermits are fascinated by our fellow creatures. One creature is an important pollinator and the only mammal that can fly (the flying squirrel does not truly fly): the Bat! Unfortunately, loss of habitat as well as a lethal fungal infection known as White-Nose Syndrome have seriously threatened the U.S. population. While some people find bats creepy, they provide benefits to humans by keeping the insect population in check, which I am thankful for during this time of year. Below are some interesting links about bats.
Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center has recently seen a collapse in their bat population due to White-Nose Syndrome. Here are some interesting details about this problem.
Centre Wildlife Rescue in Centre County, PA provides information on rehabbing bats HERE
Finally, BBC Nature has a great article about “giving nature a home”. This includes tips about building your own bat box!
Sources: Barr, Bianca. “Shaver’s Creek witnessing collapse of Pennsylvania bat population”. Penn State News. 11 June 2013.
“In pictures: giving nature a home”. BBC Nature. 11 June 2013.
Strohmier, Matt. “Rehabing bat with Centre Wildlife Care”. WeAreCentralPA.com. 14 June 2013.
Image: Cici, Caitlin. Penn State News.