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USGS at the Forefront of Saving Bats From White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)

USGS at the Forefront of Saving Bats From White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)

In the winter of 2007, residents of New York State began finding dead bats in their yards. Since then it’s estimated that more than a million bats have died from white-nose syndrome, a fuzzy white fungus that grows on their noses and wings.

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‘Superfast’ Muscles Help Bats Find Their Dinner

‘Superfast’ Muscles Help Bats Find Their Dinner

As a hunting bat closes in on a flying insect, its echolocation calls get closer and closer together, and shorter and shorter in duration. Scientists recently discovered how their muscles can produce more than 160 calls every second.

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Bat Flight a Mechanical Marvel

Bat Flight a Mechanical Marvel

Watch stunning videos of bats in mid flight that are helping Brown University scientists understand how these mammals fly.

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Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Fruit Bats

Producer's Notes for Cool Critters: Fruit Bats

In honor of Halloween this month, Quest offers up a short story on bats. But these are not your screeching, swarming, bloodsucking Hollywood movie bats.

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Fur is Flying – Bay Area Bats* in peril

Fur is Flying – Bay Area Bats* in peril

Look! Up in the night sky! It's a bird! It's a bloodsucker! No, it is a beneficial friend, the bat! Bats have been around for about 50 million years and are among the earth's oldest animals: they also are some of the most misunderstood. Because they are nocturnal and strange looking, people have associated bats […]

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