Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bats on a tree

A group of bats cling to the trunk of a tree and rest during the day. They seem to have perched themselves in the shape of a cross. I showed a close up of a single bat resting on a tree truck a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I would show this grouping of bats today.

Bat populations are in decline around the world due to loss of habitat, the ingestion of pesticides in the insects that they eat, and the lack of human support to maintain bat populations. Costa Rica, a world leader in environmental protection, has again taken strong and far-sighted action in this area.

About 15 years ago, Costa Rican conservationists realized that part of the reason that bats are in decline is the bad image bats have among the public. Costa Rica initiated a 17-month long campaign to educate the public about the benefits of bats and the importance of maintaining bat populations. The campaign included planting favorable stories about bats in the news media.

I have mentioned in the past that Costa Rica has set aside a larger percentage of its land area -- 25% -- for national parks and nature reserves. Costa Rica is also regarded as the country with the greatest biodiversity for its size on earth. It is also believed to be the only nation on earth that has a government agency that is tasked with the job of making an inventory of every single plant and animal species within its borders -- and there are about one million! I guess it takes such a country to think about conducting a public relations campaign on behalf of bats.

5 comments:

brattcat said...

Our bats up here in New England are in serious trouble. Glad to see Costa Rica is paying close attention.

Sharon said...

I'm one of those rare people who like bats. They provide huge service. I've watched the bats emerge from Carlsbad Cavern in New Mexico and from the Congress Street bridge in Austin Texas. It's an amazing site.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

so cool looking. they are so tiny and compact

Jarart said...

What an amazing sight that must have been. Several years ago we took two of our grandkids to Carlsbad Caverns and saw the bats emerge at sundown. It was an awesome sight.

Jilly said...

I always think of bats as having off something, rather than clinging on, as here. Don't they make a fascinating pattern.

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