Katrianna Brisack: October 2009 Archives

Ding-Bats in The Belfry

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A black shadow darts overhead in the twilight sky. It lands on a branch and twists upside down. Realizing it's a bat, you dart back into the house.

frtbttng.jpgNot all bats live up to their frightening reputation, however. Fruit bats are an essential pollinator for wild bananas, peaches, mangoes and dates, as well as scattering their seeds through droppings. The diverse diet of bats extends even to flowers and nectar, like the Cave Nectar Bats of Southeast Asia.

Echolocation is one of the many extraordinary features of bats. They issue a clicking sound that bounces off objects and echoes back. The bat can judge the distance and decide where it wants to go. To listen to bat sounds, Click Here.

Not very many bats are blood-sucking monsters, like in the mostly fictional vampire stories. Only three species out of the thousands discovered feed on blood. Bats, instead of being eerie denizens of the dark, are actually only another mammal and their 12 endangered species should be taken care of.

Top Ten Things To Do For The Environment

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1. Cut up 6-pack rings because animals can choke on these.
lbd.jpg2. Avoid balloons or other flimsy plastic items. Turtles can choke on these because they mistake them for jellyfish and eat them.
3. Recycle everything that can be recycled. Buy recycled paper or notebooks at the store.
4. Try to reduce use of heat or air conditioning. Instead, turn on the fan or don a handy sweater.
5. Try to get out of using your car. Instead you can buy a bike or, if it is a short distance, walk.  
6. Plant trees in your garden. That reduces pollution in the air and gives shade.   
7. Reduce usage of water by not turning it on full blast in the sink or turning it off while you wash in the shower.
8. Turn off lights or the television when you leave a room: it saves electricity.  
9. Don't throw any food out the car window. That teaches animals to hunt by the road and eventually they get run over.
10. If you don't need bags at the grocery store, say it. That reduces plastic usage (see above) and saves paper. Another option is reusable bags.   

Confessions Of A Bloggerhead Turtle

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trts-t-plstc.jpgTurtles are greatly endangered due to both light and plastic. Both seem harmless. But they are greatly damaging the population of sea turtles.

It is not uncommon to build hotels or other accommodations on the seashore. But it is harmful. Turtles are naturally guided by the moon to the sea once they hatch from their eggs on the beach. But the lights now guide the turtles away from the beach. They soon die.

Then there's plastic. They mistake it for jellyfish (one of their favorite foods) and die because they cannot digest it. Their life expectancy is 80 years in the wild, but now these dangers threaten their lifespans. And, to add to the cumulative effect of this misery for the graceful creatures, only 1 out of every 100 eggs laid will survive to adulthood. The turtles' chances of survival naturally are not great, and that is why we need to be more aware of their peril to this day.

    Every species of sea turtle is endangered. That means that one of these species could go extinct if we all keep going with these wasteful ways. We have to try and stop it when these things happen to the fragile world around us.  

    What We Can Do:

•    Use less plastic
•    Try not to stay in hotels on the seashore or
•    Encourage your hotel to use light dimmer than the moon
•    Buy reusable cloth bags at your local store
•    "Adopt" a turtle at a wildlife conserving website like WWF or Defenders of Wildlife
•    Cut up any 6-pack plastic rings or balloons or
•    Don't buy any flimsy plastic items

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