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Old 02-18-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Bats are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies worldwide. As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats consume enormous quantities of agricultural pests and reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Yet these wonderfully diverse and beneficial creatures are among the least studied and most misunderstood of animals. Bats are threatened worldwide, and their colonies and habitats are destroyed - both intentionally and inadvertently - because of myths, misinformation, and lack of scientific knowledge and understanding. Bat populations are declining almost everywhere in North America especially due to the devastating White-nose Syndrome. Losing bats has far-reaching consequences for natural ecosystems and human economies. Knowledge is the key to their conservation and protection.

BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure is an exciting, free education program for children in the 4-8th grades and their educators, that will bring bat conservation to life in your classroom or community.
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Thanks for your interest in BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure.

  • CLICK HERE to watch a webcast for students about bat species, White-Nose Syndrome, and how to help these fascinating mammals.
  • CLICK HERE to watch a webcast from Bracken Bat Cave, the world’s largest bat colony.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the webinar, Cave and Karst – The World Beneath our Feet. CLICK HERE for a flyer about the webinar.
  • CLICK HERE to watch the webinar, Bat Basics. (Scroll to the middle of the page.)
  • CLICK HERE to watch the webinar, Bat Education in Your Class and in the Field. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
  • CLICK HERE for FAQs about bats.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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Default "Losing all these bats... what does it mean?"

"Losing all these bats... what does it mean?"
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"Losing all these bats... what does it mean?" | White-Nose Syndrome
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As a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specializing in white-nose syndrome, I spend a lot of time working with the media. When a journalist is covering WNS for the first time, we oftentimes have to start with the bat basics: why bats are unique, important, beautiful. Why people should care about bats and the impacts of WNS. It can be a communications challenge to say the least.

But before we can even BEGIN to talk about this terrible and complex disease and its impacts on North American bat populations, I have to sell the journalist on the idea that they should care- that their READER should care- about bats and this deadly disease. It's not always an easy task.

Of course there are the standard arguments to make about the importance of bats and the potential impacts of this disease in terms of our economy and natural world. Those facts and figures on how critical bats are to agriculture, to forests and cave ecosystems.

But there is something else...
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