Sunday, 9 August 2015

Can habitat protection save our disappearing bats?

North America's populations are declining at an unprecedented rate, but research may have found a solution

Date: August 4, 2015

Source: Concordia University

Summary: In summertime, bats are a common feature in the night sky, swooping around backyards to gobble up mosquitoes. Bats also help with crops: they act as a natural pesticide by feeding on harmful insects. But these winged mammals are now under threat. In a new paper, researchers have shown that protecting natural habitats in systems that are highly modified by humans could help struggling bat populations.

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