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SEPTEMBER 2016

September already!

It's been a jam packed summer. Merlin spoke from Texas to New York and Taiwan, taught workshops, responded to exaggerated media scare stories about bats, provided updates on mosquito control and WNS and took thousands of new photos.

We've also scanned many new bat photos through the Bat Scan Project and uploaded hundreds more to our website.

  The Bat Scan Project Continues 

This summer we scanned, updated taxonomy and captioned 2,710 additional slides from Merlin's original Kodachrome slide collection. He also took 2,500 new photos of bats in Taiwan and Texas, including spectacular shots of bats capturing crop pests and five additional species. From these, 318 have been added to our website gallery and are already available for use by Bat Fans and publishers.

From June through August 1,222 images were provided in support of 109 individuals and institutions in 15 countries, from the United States to Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America, reaching audiences of millions for recent additions. We still have a lot of work to do and we thank you for your invaluable support!
Only a small selection of Merlin's photos has been seen by the public. Through the Bat Scan Project we are now able to share many never-before-seen shots. This one was taken by Merlin's father in 1960, showing him emerging from a tight crawlway in Pearson Cave, Tennessee while searching for gray bats. In those days, the best light source was a carbide lamp used by miners.
The arrival of Zika virus in America has triggered widespread alarm and a search for mosquito control remedies.
Read Merlin's response about bats and mosquito control.
A nursery-style bat house occupied by
Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) in New York.
Thanks to our dedicated Bat Fans who continue to share news about bats, we were alerted to misleading articles about bats and rabies. Merlin has written public responses to the NPR and Chicago articles in the MTBC Blog. We couldn't do it without you, Bat Fans! Thank you!


Here's an update on how best to
help bats suffering from WNS.

We're proud to reccommend
The Field Guide to Amazonian Bats

Pictured is a spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum) one of the many unique Amazonian bats. 

Help for Taiwan

Merlin spoke at Taiwan's National Museum of Natural Science, reported on bats in Taiwanese art, documented exemplary education at the unique Formosan Golden Bats' Home, located at the Sheng-zheng Elementary School, and  photographed additional bat species including the rare Formosan golden bat (Myotis formosus flavus).

The elementary school also provided a unique opportunity. Photos taken at this school illustrate that even children can safely live in close association with bats. The school is proud of its more than 100 occupied bat houses. Over the past decade students have daily encountered and studied their bats close-up, learning to appreciate them without fear.


For more detail about
these unique bat houses

visit our blog
The trip highlight was photographing a new species of Woolly bat (Kerivoula) capturing and eating Oriental leafworm moths (Spodoptera litura) in flight. This moth is one of the most costly crop pests of Australasia, making these unique images especially valuable in promoting bat conservation. 
Photographing a tiny (0.14 oz; 4 gm) bat in mid-flight-pursuit of flying moths is no small challenge! Success didn't come till the final hour of the last night in Taiwan. 
 
Read about amazing success at the 
world's first artificial bat cave!
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