Story by Barbara Loveless
Photos by Barbara Loveless and Cindy Myers
“De bat – he rat got wings – all de children know dat”
December 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - And so goes the chiroptera-phobic Carly Simon song from the 1970s. But all the half-dozen or so children – and about that many adults –who attended “Batty for Bats” at Lakeside River Park Conservancy know that bats are not even closely related to rats and their ilk. They’re more closely related to … you might want to sit down … well, us!
November 11, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Wind turbines killed over 600,000 bats last year in the United States. That’s according to BioScience, which made the projection based on the startling number of dead bats found at 21 facilities. The number could be even higher, nearly a million bat deaths, according to the author, Mark Hayes at the University of Colorado.
A summary of the latest news on bird/bat mortality at wind farms
By Mark Duchamp, Chairman, World Council for Nature
"New studies reveal ... that in the United States alone ... wind turbines kill an estimated 13 million to 39 million birds and bats every year” (there are about 39,000 wind turbines in the US)
January 31, 2013--The worldwide slaughter of birds and bats by wind farms has been confirmed by biologist Clive Hambler, who teaches at Oxford University:
Bats and Other Wild Animals Could Carry Rabies
October 22, 2012 (San Diego) – With Halloween around the corner, fake bats are likely to be present at people’s homes. However, if you come across a real bat at home or any other place, health officials urge you to stay away from it.
Bats, as well as skunks, raccoons, and other wild animals can carry rabies, and touching them—even when dead—can expose you to the deadly disease.
By Miriam Raftery
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March 27, 2012 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy will be having a free presentation for members by local Project Wildlife bat expert Cindy Myers and her bat ambassador. There are roughly two dozen bat varieties in San Diego County. Learn about this small, furry and ecologically essential mammal.
Space is limited to 20 members. RSVP by Wednesday March 28 by contacting Cindy Collins at 619-443-4770.
AUTHORITIES SEEK BOYS WHO BROUGHT RABID BAT TO PET STORE; HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE COUNTY-WIDE WARNING
Don't touch bats, dead or alive
Update July 20, 2011: County Health authorities have located the boys and determined that they did not touch the bat. Their family physician will make final determination on whether preventative treatments will be administered.
July 16, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Sheriff’s office seeks public help to identify three boys, 12-13 years old, who brought an ill Mexican free-tailed bat to a Petco Store in Vista on July 10. An employee contacted Project Wildlife and later, County Public Health officials tested the bat and found it positive for rabies.
Bats become more active this time of year and County Health officials urge parents in all areas of the County to instruct children never to touch a bat, dead or alive.
October 6, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- Join Ranger Lisa, and BLM’s Biologist Joyce, a bat expert, in watching a short bat movie, and take a bat hike with bat-sensing equipment on October 22 from 6-7 p.m.. Families are encouraged to attend, and also get to know their local National Wildlife Refuge in Rancho San Diego--the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
While bats, skunks, raccoons and other wild animals might be interesting to look at. touching them—even when they’re dead—could expose you to rabies.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reports that four of 20 bats submitted for rabies testing to HHSA’s Public Health Laboratory since January 1, 2010 have tested positive for rabies. All four bats tested positive for rabies during the month of June. The County has not provided details on where the rabid bats were found.