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Artificial raptor perches installed on Mount Diablo used by hawks to hunt

Red-tailed hawk eating ground squirrel on artificial raptor perch on Mount Diablo. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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In case anyone asks, those artificial raptor perches we (the county) put up in  the open space areas on Mount Diablo DO work.

I got up to North Lime Ridge early for a work party so I could look around and saw a red-tailed hawk on one of the perches. I stopped and watched.
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Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012
Under: Artificial Raptor Perches, Bats, Hawks, Red-tailed hawk | 2 Comments »

The movie “Contagion” is NOT friendly to bats

Endangered gray bat (Bat Conservation International)
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Some of you may have seen or heard of the movie “Contagion,” which was released Friday, Sept. 9. This Warner Brothers film written by Steven Soderbergh is about a mysterious, fast-spreading virus that kills countless humans around the world. In the end, it is concluded that the virus was linked to bats.

Below is BCI’s official statement about Contagion.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Under: Bats | 1 Comment »

Endangered gray bats are dying from deadly White-nose fungus

Endangered gray bat (Bat Conservation International)
gray bat

Dear Gary:
White-nose Syndrome
It is with great sorrow that I report the White-nose Syndrome fungus has been found on gray bats. Friday, we received word that five bats tested positive in a genetic test for the White-nose Syndrome fungus outside a cave in Shannon County, Missouri-one of only a handful of gray bat hibernacula.

Gray bats are very near and dear to Bat Conservation International’s heart. For decades, we have worked to recover the declining gray bat populations and the species was well on the road to being removed from the Federal Endangered Species List.

That was until White-nose Syndrome showed up in New York four years ago.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Under: Bats, Fungi | 2 Comments »

Wind turbines causing dark nights for bats

Wind turbines make bat lungs explode

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
Under: Bats, Wind Turbines | No Comments »

Myths about vampires and other bats are driving experts “batty”


As Halloween approaches, bat experts brace themselves for the annual barrage of misinformation about these beneficial creatures of the night. The California Department of Fish and Game has put together some excellent information on the subject:
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Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
Under: Bat Myths, Bats | 1 Comment »