Bats and Wind Turbines: Moving Beyond Dracula
January 29, 2016
The image of a flying bat may conjure images of vampires and other characters. Bats do not majestically soar the open skies like a golden eagle – if they did, perhaps their plight may be better known in the broader public domain. Instead, they fly at dusk, whipping about, in and out of old barns, caves and tree roosts, catching insects and swarming just before they prepare to hibernate. Bats are often considered “key species” ecologically speaking in many regions; unfortunately, they have yet to garner broader public attention (and value) for the invaluable services they provide. Pest control, seed dispersal and pollination are key activities that bats undertake, the absence of which would cost the agricultural industry and others millions of dollars each year. Alas though they do not soar like the golden eagle, that does not mean they are any less iconic…Batman, anyone?