Coming Spring 2011
They are blood-sucking spawn of the Devil. They are sightless creatures, entangling themselves in peoples hair, or swooping through the night sky using supernatural powers. They are flying rats carrying insidious diseases. Such myths and folktales about bats have been the cornerstone of occult beliefs and the basis for much misunderstanding even among the scientifically informed.
Fringed Myotis (Myotis thysanodes) in flight.
A Battery of Bats fills that void.
A Battery of Bats is being written for enlightened readers and inquisitive minds. Information presented in this book promises to inform and tantalize beginners and seasoned naturalists alike. In short, A Battery of Bats offers something for readers of all ages and all levels of expertise interested in exploring the fascinating lives of these winged creatures of the night sky.
A Battery of Bats will answer such questions about where bats live; what they eat; why some bats hibernate and others migrate; why some live alone and others form large roosting aggregations, sometimes numbering in the millions; whether bats have their evolutionary roots with primates or some other mammalian group; how flight has influenced bat mating behavior; how bats use different sensory systems, from olfaction to hearing, to detect and capture prey; how and when bats reproduce and care for their young; what diseases they carry; why bats get bad press; and what we can do to protect and preserve these amazing mammals for future generations to benefit from and enjoy?
Night vision binoculars.
Thomas Kunz has conducted research on bats for over forty years, from the red hills of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma to the rainforest jungles of Ecuador and Malaysia. He is Director of the Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University, which trains students and promotes research in tropical ecology; the author or co-author of over 200 journal publications; and the editor or co-editor of five books on bats. With this experience he brings a unique personal and profession perspective that will enrich and enliven this comprehensive journey into the lives of bats. A Battery of Bats will be generously illustrated with over 125 photographs taken by the author and by some of the worlds foremost photographers of these elusive creatures, plus photographs of specimens from the anthropological and zoological collections at the American Museum of Natural History.
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