Watching the dark: New surveillance cameras are changing bat research

BATS Magazine
By:  and 

Links

Abstract

It is, according to an old proverb, “better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” And those of us trying to discover new insights into the mysterious lives of bats often do a lot of cursing in the darkness. Bats do most things under cover of night, and often in places where humans and most other animals can’t go. This dark inaccessibility is great for bats, but not so great for those of us trying to study them. Successful conservation hinges on understanding bat behaviors and needs, as well as identifying and addressing the things that threaten them in the darkness. But how do we light a candle without scaring the bats away or altering their behavior?

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Watching the dark: New surveillance cameras are changing bat research
Series title BATS Magazine
Volume 32
Issue 1
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Bat Conservation International
Publisher location Austin, TX
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 3 p.
First page 2
Last page 4