Bats of the United States and Canada

Bats of the United States and Canada

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Biologists Harvey (emeritus, Tennessee Technological U.), J. Scott Altenbach (emeritus, U. of New Mexico), and Troy L. Best (Auburn U.) update their booklet "Bats of the United States," published in 2009 by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Asheville, North Carolina Field Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It provides general readers with scientific information about life histories and conservation needs of the much understood but highly beneficial group of animals. In addition to profiles, distribution maps, and color photographs of the 47 native bat species, chapters consider such topics as echolocation, benefits of insectivorous bats, guano, summer-autumn swarming, winter habitats and hibernation, bats as food, controlling nuisance bats, attracting bats, wind power, conservation, thermal imaging, radiotelemetry, and acoustic identification. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

The only mammals capable of true flight, bats are among the world’s most fascinating creatures. This accessible guide to the forty-seven species of bats found in the United States and Canada captures and explains the amazing diversity of these marvels of evolution.

A wide variety of bat species live in the United States and Canada, ranging from the California leaf-nosed bat to the Florida bonneted bat, from the eastern small-footed bat to the northern long-eared bat. The authors provide an overview of bat classification, biology, feeding behavior, habitats, migration, and reproduction. They discuss the ever-increasing danger bats face from destruction of habitat, wind turbines, chemical toxicants, and devastating diseases like white-nose syndrome, which is killing millions of cave bats in North America. Illustrated species accounts include range maps and useful identification tips.

Written by three of the world’s leading bat experts and featuring J. Scott Altenbach's stunning photographs, this fact-filled and easy-to-use book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of bats in the U.S. and Canada.

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
Description: viii, 202 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781421401911
Branch Call Number: 599.4 Har


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