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Latest News

  • For bats, love is blind – and increasingly loud

    09/04/14 ,via Irish Times

    This means bats aren't looking for a good mate: they are listening for one, says Prof Emma Teeling, director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research at University College Dublin. She and colleagues in Germany recently provided the first hard evidence that

  • Why 'blind' bats never collide while flying at night

    09/02/14 ,via Business Standard

    Study director Dr. Uwe Firzlaff at the TUM Chair of Zoology, said that the map was similar to the navigation systems used in cars in that it showed bats the terrain in which they were moving and the major difference, was that the bats' inbuilt system

  • Why `blind` bats never collide while flying at night

    09/03/14 ,via Free Press Journal

    Washington : A new study has showed that bats emit “echolocation sounds” and they are equipped with a spatial map that represents different echo delays that helps them to adapt to external factors. The study conducted by Technische Universitat Munchen 

  • 'Smiling' Bat Wants You To Know She Really Loves Her New Life

    09/11/14 ,via Huffington Post

    The hope is that by living so well and being so happy, bats like Peekaboo will, in turn, do some good for others of their kind. Bats are, after all, the victims of pervasive misinformation and misplaced fears. No, they don't drink human blood, they are

  • Peekaboo The 'Smiling' Bat Wants You To Know She Really Loves Her New Life

    09/10/14 ,via Huffington Post

    The hope is that by living so well and being so happy, bats like Peekaboo will, in turn, do some good for others of their kind. Bats are, after all, the victims of pervasive misinformation and misplaced fears. No, they don't drink human blood, they are


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  • 6 Bat Myths Busted: Are They Really Blind?

    10/31/14 ,via National Geographic

    Bats tend to get off on the wrong wing with us humans. So in honor of National Bat Week, we're clearing up some myths about the world's only flying mammal. For starters, bats are not nefarious creatures, as they're often portrayed around Halloween, said ...

  • Washington's Bats are "Rock Stars"

    10/31/14 ,via The Center for Public Intergrity

    says once you get to know bats, you realize they are "rock stars" especially because they keep damaging insects under control. And while you've probably heard the phrase "blind as a bat," it turns out that bats are not blind. "Bats are not flying mice ...

  • Times Topic: Garden Q&A

    10/30/14 ,via New York Times

    So without these little nectar-feeding bats, we wouldn’t have the kick that goes in margaritas. For one, bats are not blind; all bats can see. Second, there’s no bat in the world that builds a nest, so they don’t need your hair. I actually put a bat ...

  • Bats are our friends

    10/22/14 ,via buffalobulletin.com

    Due to “bat lore” and because they are only active at night, bats have become the victims of some pretty tall tales. They are not blind or dirty, nor do they get caught in ladies’ hair. Also, much like other mammals, less than half of 1 percent of ...

  • Bats are humans' best defense against mosquitoes

    10/25/14 ,via The Post and Courier

    Blood does not rush to their heads because they do not weigh enough for gravity to affect their circulation. 7 Bats aren't blind. Many of them do have small eyes and use echolocation to navigate, but they can still see. 8 Bats aren't worthless. In fact ...


Books

  • Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind

    Crown. 2007. ISBN: 9780307421418,0307421414. 336 pages.

    Did you know that "flying" squirrels are incapable of true flight? Were you aware that opossums don't "play dead," as in the common folk saying "playing possum"? In this fascinating and gorgeously illustrated new book, wildlife expert and enthusiast Warner Shedd, former executive for the National Wildlife Federation, uncovers the scientific realities obscured by our numerous long-held misconceptions of wild animals. Setting the most tenacious of these age-old superstitions against evidence...

  • Do Bats Drink Blood?

    Rutgers University Press. 2009. ISBN: 9780813548401,0813548403. 176 pages.

    Bat biologist Barbara A. Schmidt-French and writer Carol A. Butler offer a compendium of insightful facts about bats in this accessible and expertly written question-and-answer volume. Numbering more than one thousand species in our world today, bats in the wild are generally unthreatening. Like most other mammals, bats are curious, affectionate, and even playful with one another. Highly beneficial animals, bats are critical to global ecological, economic, and public health. Do Bats Drink...

  • The Blind Watchmaker

    W. W. Norton & Company. 1996. ISBN: 0393315703,9780393315707. 358 pages.

    Clarifies the seemingly implausible aspects of Darwin's theory, drawing on the famous watch comparison argued by William Paley, the eighteenth-century theologian


Directory

Are bats blind?: Information from Answers.com

The expression 'blind as a bat' would indicate that bats are blind, but in fact scientists believe they have fairly good eyesight. Bats are nocturnal creatures ...

Are Bats Blind? : Discovery News - DNews

The oldest known bat fossil yields important clues to bats' unique senses.

Are bats blind?????????????????? - Yahoo Answers

Bats are not blind. Like many animals, they are born blind, but gain eyesight from the time they are seven to nine days old. The saying, "blind as a bat ...

Bats Are Not Blind - Today I Found Out

Myth: Bats are blind. The saying “blind as a bat”, simply isn’t correct. The truth is that all 1,100 bat species can see and often their vision is pretty good ...

Are Bats Really Blind ? - Super Beefy - Interesting Random ...

Bats are not blind. Like many animals, they are born blind, but gain eyesight from the time they are seven to nine days old. The saying, “blind as a bat ...


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