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5 days ago

#ScienceSaturday: Who says these guys aren't cute?

We all know about bats in the belfry, but…bats in the bay?? Acoustic monitors deployed along the coast of Kenai Fjords National Park confirmed that, indeed, bats live in its fjords and bays. Some were even recorded feeding over open seawater just outside of the park, documenting one of the few official records of this activity in the world! While it's hard to say what, exactly, this means for bat ecology, it does build on our knowledge of these somewhat misunderstood flying mammals.

The study was launched to gather data on the status of bats in the park before the expected arrival of White-nose Syndrome, which has already taken a toll on bats all across the lower 48 states and Canada. Check out Glacier National Park's efforts to document its bats: www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C7150E28-ADF9-5DB7-4D899877EEC96216.
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#ScienceSaturday: Who says these guys arent cute? 
We all know about bats in the belfry, but…bats in the bay?? Acoustic monitors deployed along the coast of Kenai Fjords National Park confirmed that, indeed, bats live in its fjords and bays. Some were even recorded feeding over open seawater just outside of the park, documenting one of the few official records of this activity in the world! While its hard to say what, exactly, this means for bat ecology, it does build on our knowledge of these somewhat misunderstood flying mammals. 
The study was launched to gather data on the status of bats in the park before the expected arrival of White-nose Syndrome, which has already taken a toll on bats all across the lower 48 states and Canada. Check out Glacier National Parks efforts to document its bats: https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C7150E28-ADF9-5DB7-4D899877EEC96216.Image attachment

 

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When I was a kid, 80 years ago playing in the yard in the evening bats would swoop down toward our heads so we were afraid of them. Today seeing them is different and also our attitudes are different.

I go bonkers for bats

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Phytoplankton undergo a great spring bloom each year between April and June. This quiet little revolution beneath the ocean’s surface kick starts the feeding frenzy that lures so many marine animals, like these humpback whales to Kenai Fjords every year. #KenaiFjords #ParkScience

For all you glacier fans out there (and we admit, we’re with you!), you may be happy to know that last year Exit Glacier only receded 118 feet. That's the smallest amount since 2009! Cold comfort, we know. Compare the pics from 1982 and 2018! #ScienceSaturday

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