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Basic facts about bats and WNS

Bats are often misunderstood creatures of the night. They are so far from the rabid flying vermin that many people sadly stereotype them as. Sadly old wives tales and myths have shaped the way much of society perceives bats and it makes it all the harder for conservationists to explain the opposite truths. Without bats, the way we as humans live in an environment will change and not for the better.

Bats which lie in the order Chiroptera have evolved many amazing, advanced methods of their biology to adapt to a world we seldom appreciate. They can sustain true flight, no easy task for a mammal. Its “wings” are made up of cutaneous membrane. The bones connecting the sections of each wing are actually the bats fingers. Unlike a gliding bird, a bat must continue to flap to sustain flight. Navigation is another specialty of these aerial acrobats. First of all bats are not blind. Many species can see far better than we can. What sets bats apart is their perfection of echolocation. Think sonar from a submarine military movie only far more advanced. Bats send out vocal clicks of sound that bounce off objects and echo back to the bat. They can detect objects as fine as human hair. Once a bat hones in on a prey item it increases the number of clicks, hundreds a second, until it closes in and grasps it.

Bats are incredibly valuable to people. A single small Myotis bat can consume 1000 insects an hour and continue to feed all night. Multiply this by colonies and populations and it equals out to millions of pounds of insects annually. The free tailed bats of Bracken cave in Texas consume 200 tons per night. Those are insects that farmers and agriculturists don’t have to spend billions of dollars to eradicate with chemicals. The corn earworm moth, a bat delicacy, attacks many of our consumable crops directly including corn, watermelon, and squash. In Texas, bats save farmers close to 2 million dollars a year by eradicating these moths. Away from the farms and fields bats also control pests in forests and our parks. Without bats our backyards will vastly increase with mosquitoes and more people will be forced to spray chemicals, rub their skin with Deet, or remain inside altogether. Bats also aid in pollination of many plant species. Fruit bats which drink flower and fruit nectars brush against pollen of one plant and carry it away to contact with another plant. Bananas, mangos, guavas, and more are aided by bat pollination. An excellent bat pollination brochure, by a wonderfully informative bat website: batcon.org, can be found here www.batcon.org/pdfs/stories/Po…

In North America bats have recently begun a losing battle with a detrimental fungus commonly known as White Nose Syndrome (WNS). It has been isolated as Geomyces destructans and has similarities to the Chytrid (Bd) fungus which is causing global mortalities of amphibians, and colony collapse disorder (CCD) associated with the decline of honey bees. Many scientists are trying to understand the fungus, first discovered in 2006, how it directly affects the bat, its transmission, and recovery plans to halt the devastation it has already succumbed onto chiropterans. Close to 7 million bats have died resulting from WNS since 2006. Some populations have lost over 90% of their bats. WNS have even reached bats that were already federally endangered such as the Indiana bat and grey bat. The fungus is most prominent during colder months, when bats are in hibernation. It is theorized that the fungus causes bats to prematurely wake up in winter, search for food that isn’t there, and eventually starve to death. Waking up from winter dormancy depletes the bats reserves. The fungus is also known to eat away at the wing membrane that limits or prohibits the bat from flight…a death sentence. WNS has predominately affected southeastern Canada, New England, and down the Appalachian states however it is continuing to spread. White-nose is only coupled with other reasons for population decline which include habitat loss, cave alterations, wind turbines, and direct mortality from human action. More information and updates on WNS can be found on the US Fish & Wildlife’s WNS page www.fws.gov/whitenosesyndrome/

Bat Facts:

Bats are a rabies vector species however less than half a percent are affected. Contact with a rabid species is rare in itself however you are much more likely to run into a rabid dog or cat than a bat.

Bats do not get tangled up in your hair nor attack humans. Anything contradictory would be result of an injured or disorientated bat. Sometimes a bat accidently becomes trapped in a home. Panic screams and bright lights only make a situation worse. A simple, safe, easy way to deal with that rare situation can be found here www.batcon.org/index.php/bats-…

Bats are not blind. Along with excellent vision they have mastered echolocation. They are far more coordinated than we humans are.

A mother bat can navigate through thousands of other calling pups to locate the unique call of her young.

Bat guano makes excellent fertilizer. If you have a colony on your property, consider mixing guano with compost. Your plants will love you.

Want to help?

If you have bats residing at your residence consider leaving them be. Report populations to your local state wildlife agency; they want to know!

If you must rid of them consider doing it safely. Information to do so is with your state wildlife agency and here www.batcon.org/index.php/bats-…

As an alternate install a bat house or several. They’re simple, cheap and easy. Would you rather have a swarm of mosquitoes instead? Blueprints and info are all over the web and some local places sell pre-made.

INFO INFO INFO! A bats best ally is an informed person. Understanding bats, their behaviors, and significance can vastly aid in conservation. Even if you dislike bats, respecting them and their role in the environment can be a winning situation.

Consider donating to research programs and/or to habitat conservation.

Get involved directly! Contact a wildlife organization or your state agency to see if there are any volunteer opportunities. Sometimes counting the number of bats exiting a roost, such as a barn, a few times in the summer is just the kind of data a biologist is counting on.

Educate others! Spread the word. Teach people that bats are vitally important to our ecosystem!

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The bat honestly does not get enough love. This group is dedicated to educating the general public of DA about bats. Through the arts of course.
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Submitting: to submit art just go to the top where it says contribute art or go to the gallery and click on the little plus sign to add art to that specific folder. Please do submit one piece of art or do something for the group

Rules on submitting: unlimited amount of pictures you can add. Just please make sure your pictures or any other form of artwork contain bats.

Folders: different folders for different kinds of bats, if there is a folder that does not match what you want to submit just let me know and I will add it.

Feature folder: This folder is for your two best pieces of artwork, if you come out with something that you think is better than the two you already have in the folder just let me know and I will switch them out for you.

Other folders fit their name, fruit bats is for fruit bat pictures only and so on.

Inviting friends: yes please do invite your friends to join our group or people who you think will be beneficial to our group.
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I have been very busy with collage and have had no time to draw bats(I also do not have Photoshop on my new computer) I will try to do something for the group. I recently re-did my research paper on bats(might not be the best since I had a fever of 102 for two of the three days I typed it)
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Eddy-White Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2021  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this group still active?
Don't want to join another dead group!
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ScryTime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Your world is but many by BattyDingus hi
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Taluca Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Did you named a bat dingus?
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ScryTime Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Well, that was an alias a while ago. I guess I could make that a character. that drawing was more conceptual and not a final design.
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ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hello,

I just signed the petition, "Stop the senseless killing and abuse of bats -- Require zoos to control their bat populations humanely.."

I think this is important. Will you sign it too?

Here's the link:

www.change.org/p/stop-the-sens…

Thanks

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LeenZuydgeest Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the request!
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RandAlThor05 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Thanks for adding my image, im afraid it wasnt very good tho. I'll be sure to do a better one in the future, bats are awesome..
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Igloo9201 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I join. I'll be active butg I can't really post art very often.
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courtnashe Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes you may.
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