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A Bat’s End: The Christmas Island Pipistrelle and Extinction in AustraliaArtist/Author: Woinarski, John
The compelling story of a bat, the scientists who tried to save it, its island habitat – and its extinction.
On the evening of 26 August 2009, the last known pipistrelle emerges from its day-time shelter on Christmas Island. Scientists, desperate about its conservation, set up a maze of netting to try to catch it. It is a forlorn and futile exercise – even if captured, there is little future in just one bat. But the bat evades the trap easily, and continues foraging. It is not recorded again that night, and not at all the next night. The bat is never again recorded. The scientists search all nearby areas over the following nights. It has gone. There are no more bats. Its corpse is not, will never be, found. It is the silent, unobtrusive death of the last individual. It is extinction.
This book is about that bat, about those scientists, about that island. But mostly it is an attempt to understand that extinction; an unusual extinction, because it was predicted, witnessed and its timing is precise.
A Bat’s End is a compelling forensic examination of the circumstances and players surrounding the extinction of the Christmas Island pipistrelle. A must-read for environmental scientists, policy-makers, and organisations and individuals with an interest in conservation.
Bats: a world of science and mystery.Artist/Author: Fenton, M Brock and Nancy B. Simmons.
Bats make up almost a quarter of the world’s mammal species and play a fundamental role in our ecosystems. This book presents these fascinating nocturnal creatures in a new light. Lush, full-color photographs portray bats in flight, feeding, and mating in views that show them in exceptional detail. The photographs also take the reader into the roosts of bats, from caves and mines to the tents some bats build out of leaves. A comprehensive guide to what scientists know about the world of bats, the book begins with a look at bats’ origins and evolution. The book goes on to address a host of questions related to flight, diet, habitat, reproduction, and social structure.
A chapter on biosonar, or echolocation, takes readers through the system of high-pitched calls bats emit to navigate and catch prey. More than half of the world’s bat species are either in decline or already considered endangered, and the book concludes with suggestions for what we can do to protect these species for future generations to benefit from and enjoy.
Flying blind: one man’s adventures battling buckthorn, making peace with authority, and creating a home for endangered bats.Artist/Author: Mitchell, Don.
When Don Mitchell was approached by a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm, Mitchell’s relationship with bats, and with government, could be characterized as distrustful, at best. But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launched him on a series of “improvements” to his land that would provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats, and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Mitchell’s tale is as profound as it is funny, a journey that changes Mitchell’s relationship with Chiroptera, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past. Ruminating on the nature of authority, the purview of the state, and the value of inhabiting one’s niche, Mitchell reveals much about our inner and outer landscape, in this perfectly paced and skilled story of place.
Flying-foxes: Australian night foresters.Artist/Author: Jones, Vivien.
A brilliant photographic essay about the Grey-headed flying-fox. Filled with information that is often little known, this immensely readable book is aimed at all those interested in this creature, whether on the amateur or professional level, and pitched at a level that will be appreciated by senior students onwards. Over 200 photographs reveal the flying-foxs life cycle from birth to old age, its feeding habits, intelligence, individuality and quirks.
Bat surveys: good practice guidelines.Artist/Author: Bat Conservation Trust.
Fully updated and revised to include the latest evidence and best practice, the second edition features new chapters and content, with new advice and guidance. Whilst focusing on efforts in the UK this is the essential reference and guide for anyone anywhere involved in professional bat work. New chapters include: Pre-planning considerations; Equipment and techniques; Assessing survey reports; Long term surveys for larger infrastructure projects; Surveying for wind farms; and, Interpreting results. With a renewed focus on catering for professional bat work; consultants; planners and others associated with development, the 2nd edition includes comprehensive coverage of the principles of good survey design; how to review and assess the quality of survey reports; and, the importance of data analysis and the interpretation of results.
Evolutionary history of bats: fossils, molecules and morphology.Artist/Author: Gunnell, Gregg F. and Nancy B. Simmons.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Advances in morphological and molecular methods continue to uncover new information on the origin and evolution of bats. This book presents some of the most remarkable discoveries and research involving living and fossil bats, and explores their evolutionary history from a range of perspectives. Phylogenetic studies based on both molecular and morphological data have established a framework of evolutionary relationships that provides a context for understanding many aspects of bat biology and diversification. In addition to detailed studies of the relationships and diversification of bats, the topics covered include the mechanisms and evolution of powered flight, evolution and enhancement of echolocation, feeding ecology, population genetic structure, ontogeny and growth of facial form, functional morphology and evolution of body size. The book also examines the fossil history of bats from their beginnings over 50 million years ago to their diversification into one of the most globally wide-spread orders of mammals living today. Also available in hardcover [stock id 33897].
Bats: from evolution to conservation.Artist/Author: Altringham, John D.
Bats are highly charismatic and popular animals that are not only fascinating in their own right, but illustrate most of the topical and important concepts and issues in mammalian biology. This book covers the key aspects of bat biology, including evolution, flight, echolocation, hibernation, reproduction, feeding and roosting ecology, social behaviour, migration, population and community ecology, biogeography, and conservation. This new edition is fully updated and greatly expanded throughout, maintaining the depth and scientific rigour of the first edition. It is written with infectious enthusiasm, and beautifully illustrated with drawings and colour photographs. Also available in paperback [stock id 33380].
Bats: a wild Australia guide.Artist/Author: Hall, Les.
This guide features information on habitats, breeding, predators and threats, the benefits from bats, bat conservation, as well as caring for bats.
Island bats: ecology, evolution, and conservation.Artist/Author: Fleming, Theodore H. and Paul A. Racey.
The second largest order of mammals, Chiroptera comprises more than one thousand species of bats. Because of their mobility, bats are often the only native mammals on isolated oceanic islands, where more than half of all bat species live. These island bats represent an evolutionarily distinctive and ecologically significant part of the earth’s biological diversity. “Island Bats” is the first book to focus solely on the evolution, ecology, and conservation of bats living in the world’s island ecosystems. Among other topics, the contributors to this volume examine how the earth’s history has affected the evolution of island bats, investigate how bat populations are affected by volcanic eruptions and hurricanes, and explore the threat of extinction from human disturbance. Geographically diverse, the volume includes studies of the islands of the Caribbean, the Western Indian Ocean, Micronesia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Zealand. With its wealth of information from long-term studies, “Island Bats” provides timely and valuable information about how this fauna has evolved and how it can be conserved.
Australian bats.Artist/Author: Churchill, Sue.
A completely revised and redesigned edition of the best book on Australian bats with an excellent colour photograph for every species, distribution maps, identification keys and substantial rewrites of description, biological information and echolocation calls for all 75 Australian bat species. Winner of the 2009 Whitley Award for the best field guide.
Bats in forests: conservation and management.Artist/Author: Lacki, Michael J. et al, edited by.
Although bats are often thought of as cave dwellers, many species depend on forests for all or part of the year. Of the 45 species of bats in North America, more than half depend on forests, using the bark of trees, tree cavities, or canopy foliage as roosting sites. Over the past two decades, it has become increasingly clear that bat conservation and management are strongly linked to the health of forests within their range. Initially driven by concern for endangered species – the Indiana bat, for example – forest ecologists, timber managers, government agencies, and conservation organizations have been altering management plans and silvicultural practices to better accommodate bat species. “Bats in Forests” presents the work of a variety of experts who address many aspects of the ecology and conservation of bats. The chapter authors describe bat behavior, including the selection of roosts, foraging patterns, and seasonal migration as they relate to forests. They also discuss forest management and its influence on bat habitat. Both public lands and privately owned forests are considered, as well as techniques for monitoring bat populations and activity.
Bat ecology.Artist/Author: Kunz, Thomas H. and M. Brock Fenton, editors.
The first part of the book covers the life history and behavioural ecology of bats, from migration to sperm competition and natural selection. The next section focuses on functional ecology, including ecomorphology, feeding, and physiology. In the third section, contributors explore macroecological issues such as the evolution of ecological diversity, range size, and infectious diseases (including rabies) in bats. A final chapter discusses conservation challenges facing these fascinating flying mammals.