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Comment from: Judy

Thanks Ruth, very informative. I would like to invite some bats to live here, but not in my house!

02/22/12 @ 09:04
Comment from: Joe Hoffman

Ruth this was a terrific and long overdue article--you probably saved some lives today!

02/22/12 @ 13:15
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Judy: Yes, I agree. As much as I want to save lives, I'm not sharing my nest. However, the link at the bottom of the post provides some good information on putting up bat boxes. Meanwhile, just keeping your wooded area wooded provides habitat for some.

Joe: These two issues have been concerning for a few years now, however it was just this summer that scientists confirmed the pathogen causing the Syndrome. Every discovery helps. I think we'll be seeing more and more bat-saving initiatives around, and I hope, if nothing else, readers can be supportive of the efforts.

02/22/12 @ 14:30
Comment from: kathy

Another great article! I've had a pair of bats that patrol my yard and field every winter. Don't know where they are "hanging" out but I understand they eat the bugs staying very close to their habitat. I am happy for them, and last year for the first time there were 4 here! Maybe 6 this year.

03/04/12 @ 13:29
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Thanks Kathy. They could be roosting in a tree. Not only is it really hard to see them when they fly (dusk/night), bats dart around so much, it's nearly impossible to see any detail with the naked eye. I learned that scientists who study bats most often identify them by recording their echo signals using specialized microphones which they then take back to the studio and analyze. I'm rooting with you: maybe 6 this year!

03/04/12 @ 15:30