Bats in Trouble!!

I came across some papers I had lying around, one of which was a Bat Interest Group of KZN pamphlet. Is it good to have bats in the garden? What do they do? Which plants attract them? Click below and all will be revealed (excuse the teacup stain and typos – not mine):

Bats in Trouble!

Bats in Trouble!

7 Responses to Bats in Trouble!!

  1. Smile September 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    great post! I’ve got a couple of those trees but they are still too small to make my garden truly bat-friendly.

    I didn’t know we had a wild frangipani, anyone got a pic?

  2. mol-d September 16, 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    me neither actually.. hmm, we should check it out..

  3. Sonya September 17, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    I’ve also got some of those, but like yours Smile too small to offer safe bat homes… I feel bad though because we did pull out a wild banana… Sorry bats, I promise when our garden grows you’ll find your happy place again…

  4. emme September 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    that’s a cool post. i remember reading a request once ‘when picking fruit from your trees, please leave some for the monkeys’ so we should plant pawpaw, avocado’s etc for them too.

  5. mol-d September 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    we put all of our organic waste (peels, cuttings etc – no citrus) in a pile in the garden. it decomposes, attracts birds and feeds the monkeys – keeps them away from our fruit bowl 😉

  6. emme September 19, 2009 at 11:50 am #

    i came across this piece on the animal rescue site, it seems bats really are in more trouble than we thought.

    Bats play an essential role in healthy ecosystems and should be protected. Unfortunately, an emerging disease is killing North America’s bats. The mysterious white-nose syndrome has already claimed the lives of nearly one million bats, yet scientists still know very little about how to stop the spread of this terrible disease.

    Help save our bats! Sign the petition below and tell a friend.

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    White-nose syndrome has swept nine eastern states over the last two winters, killing bats at hibernating sites at rates approaching 100 percent. At this point, the disease shows no signs of slowing its spread across the country, wiping out bat populations along the way.

    The implications for ecosystem health, agriculture and forestry — and even public health — are potentially enormous. Many North American bats are already listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Without decisive action, white-nose syndrome could precipitate the demise of several species in the United States before scientists even have a chance to determine the cause and a possible cure for the disease.

    The most urgent need for addressing this crisis is increased funding for research, coordination, and management. Multiple federal and state agencies as well as private institutions are trying to cope with white-nose syndrome; none have the resources necessary to deal with a threat of this magnitude.

    Take action today! Sign the petition below and urge Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to support vital steps to fight white-nose syndrome.

  7. Jenny Lush October 15, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    Please help the bats – we depend on people like you, they are defenceless against diseases.

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