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Theresa Laverty studies the drivers of desert bat abundance and diversity for her Ph.D. in Joel Berger’s lab at Colorado State University. She has returned to Namibia a second time and is in the midst of another year of fieldwork.
Every night from March to October, a vortex of millions and millions of bats emerges from Bracken Cave.
Just in time for Halloween, follow cave ecologist and National Geographic grantee Donald McFarlane through Borneo’s “Cockroach Cave,” where every surface vibrates with cockroaches and other guano-grubbing and flesh-feasting creepy-crawlies.
By Cori Lausen
Bat Week culminates on Halloween this year. It’s a fitting opportunity to recognize how important these nocturnal flying animals are to our planet. The cave-dwelling mammals have been increasingly at risk from White Nose Syndrome, or WNS, a lethal malady has been spreading westward since its first occurrence in 2006.
Northwestern Namibia’s desert may appear barren, but it is full of life as the dry season and Young Explorers Grantee Theresa Laverty’s pilot field season conclude.
The search for water in the Namib Desert continues as we net for bats over a stretch of the running Hoarusib River and then pursue active springs on our way back through the Hoanib River.
Finding “safe” netting sites is not always easy as we discovered while on the Huab River during our quest to learn more about the desert bats of Namibia.
Trudging through piles of guano up to 70 feet high, Donald McFarlane is getting to know the secrets of bats deep in the caves they call home.
After catching bats all night, I crawled into my tent at 11:59 PM and counted down to the New Year, listening to lions call in the distance and a hyena whooping nearby …
Vying with desert elephants for a spot at waterholes at night, NG Young Explorer Grantee Theresa Laverty begins her search for insect-eating bats along northwestern Namibia’s dry riverbeds.
Two and a half years after my last stint living in Africa, I’m putting the large mammals aside to search for animals that are much smaller, but instill much fear in people around the world—bats.
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bats Dying: An Epidemic A deadly disease is destroying native bat populations in North America. Unfortunately, the “white-nose syndrome,” as the disease is named, is spreading more quickly than scientists had anticipated. The white-nose syndrome is just the latest threat to the world’s bat…
In honor of National Pollinator Week, we delve into the strange, colorful world of the creatures that keep our planet blooming.