Bats

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With nearly 1,000 species worldwide, bats constitute one of the largest groups of mammals. They are also the world's only truly flying mammals and can form colossal aggregations. Yet despite their vast numbers and a wide distribution between the Arctic Circle and the tip of South America, we have only recently begun to understand much about their lives and their remarkable mastery of the night skies. This intriguing study contains a fascinating collection of photographs gathered from around the world. Its text ...

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Overview

With nearly 1,000 species worldwide, bats constitute one of the largest groups of mammals. They are also the world's only truly flying mammals and can form colossal aggregations. Yet despite their vast numbers and a wide distribution between the Arctic Circle and the tip of South America, we have only recently begun to understand much about their lives and their remarkable mastery of the night skies. This intriguing study contains a fascinating collection of photographs gathered from around the world. Its text conveys all the latest research about the lifecycles, conservation, and extraordinary qualities of these too often misunderstood creatures.

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Bats are endlessly fascinating. If mentioned in conversation, they frequently evoke an extreme reaction accompanied by a spine-tingling story. Tony Hutson, a lifelong bat devotee, approaches his subject in a scholarly manner. His vocabulary is sophisticated and his sentence structure is sometimes complicated. For example, "The migrations or more irregular opportunistic movements of fruit-and flower-feeding bats are essential to them because they have no alternative strategy to cope with local seasonal lack of available food sources." The book is filled with fascinating information, providing a solid foundation for further study. It covers such topics as bat diversity (there are almost 1,000 species), flight (they are the only flying mammals), echolocation, food, migration and conservation. Back matter includes several maps showing geographic distribution of various species. The colorful photographs are gorgeous and plentiful. Although the book is relatively short, it is not for the casual browser and is best suited for high school students, especially those with an interest in the subject. 2000, WorldLife Library/Voyageur Press, $16.95. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Ellen Butts
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The reviewer's daughter once studied bats and occasionally brought them home. Up close they are amazing creatures, and this book, which provides a detailed look at bats, rekindled my interest in them. The author was the Bat Project Officer for the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society. He was editor of Bat News from 1984—1998, and is presently a conservation adviser to the Bat Conservation Trust. The book includes the following chapter titles: Introduction; Origins and Diversity; Flight—The Only Flying Mammals; Echolocation—Seeing' in the Dark; Food—Bugs, Blossom and Blood; Roosts—At Home With Your Friends; Breeding; Migration and Hibernation; Bats and Humans; Conservation; Table of Bat Families; Bat Facts and Distribution Maps; and Recommended Reading, Biographical Notes, Index. The book will dispel myths about vampire bats, which are actually quite small (about one and a half ounces) and are much more likely to attack chickens, cattle and horses than humans. Bats have enormous value to humans, for they maintain insect populations, and aid pollination and seed dispersal. Bat diseases, contrary to public fears, are no cause for great alarm. Overall, this book is a fascinating introduction to one of the most misunderstood mammals. As for how they "see" in the dark, they use ultrasound, both to avoid objects in their way and to locate insects. WorldLife Library. (PO Box 338, Stillwater MN 55082). KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Voyageur Press, 72p, illus, maps, bibliog, index, 23cm, 00-038181, $16.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: John Rosser; Professor, Boston College,Chestnut Hill, MA, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896585003
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Worldlife Library Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 9.85 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Origins and Diversity 13
Flight--The Only Flying Mammals 19
Echolocation--'Seeing' in the Dark 25
Food--Bugs, Blossom and Blood 29
Roosts--At Home With Your Friends 37
Breeding 45
Migration and Hibernation 51
Bats and Humans 57
Conservation 61
Table of Bat Families 66
Bat Facts and Distribution Maps 67
Recommended Reading/Biographical Note/Index 72
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