Tuesday, August 14, 2012

46 bats in the bat box

When my friend Filippo told me that he had 46 bats in his bat box; I didn't want to believe it. Well, I went there and I counted them as they came out of the box. Unbelievable, but true. I couldn't arrive to 46, but surely there are more than 40 bats in there. 
It is a great satisfaction, because that bat box I made with my hands and wood from discarded furniture.
Above, you can see one of the bats, as well as the bat box on the right. It has been difficult to take a picture; the little beasts move fast and they appear only in near darkness. But I managed to catch one. You can see it enlarged below. It is a real bat!

So, despite pollution, degradation and urbanization, the ecosystem still manages to regain its spaces when there is a chance. 

This post is translated and adapted from my blog "Images of Fiesole"

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! Nature struggles valiantly to survive. Of course it can't come back completely - did you see this article? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opinion/sunday/listen-to-the-soundscape.html?_r=2

    You can click on the recordings and listen to the sounds before and after "selective" logging. Sad.

    We are losing so many bats in the US from fungus. This is an under-appreciated phenomena apparently across species - and I wonder it it is a result of the "acidification" of the Earth (so called in a paper by Karen Rice): http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fungi-wreak-havoc-across-species-globally-slide-show



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014). His most recent book is "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017)