As our world changes, it is important to continue to learn about the effects of that change on the natural world so that we may work toward the preservation of species.  There are natural processes that provide enormous ecological contributions for which we should not attempt to survive without.  Of those, pollinators, seed dispersers, consumers of insects and other pest species are of significant importance.  Researchers are learning about how the increased use of glass and increased light pollution affect various species. Technological advances may provide the key to mitigating unnecessary losses and helping us to retain the benefits of living in harmony with these other species even as our population continues to expand.


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In a recent study on the effects of glass, the researchers discovered that, “Smooth vertical surfaces are rare in bats’ natural habitat. However, they treat horizontal, smooth surfaces like water, and attempt to drink from them…”  They further, “…found that bats can mistake smooth, vertical surfaces as clear flight paths, repeatedly colliding with them, likely as a result of their acoustic mirror properties.”  This research was led by Dr Stefan Greif of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology near Munich in Germany.  Read the complete article here…  Additionally, see the journal article here…

Did you know that Maryland has 10 species of bats?  “… Bats are
among the most gentle mammals on earth…(and)… our local little
brown bat is known to consume hundreds of insects an hour, up to
one-third its body-weight every half hour, from swarms of mosquitos to
gnats, gypsy moths, and a host of beetles.”  Wow!  We need our bats.  See Luring Bats Into Your Garden for tips.