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environmental stressors such as pesticides. By acting on the belief that "where
birds thrive, people prosper," we can protect human welfare by protecting bird
habitat. We have learned many lessons but have a ways to go!
- Doug Gross, Endangered and Threatened Birds Section Supervisor
Getting Closer to Bats: One of the goals of a nongame biologist is to
determine who's flying in our summer night skies. The answer to this
could be one of 11 species of bats known to appear in Pennsylvania. Our
challenge, which you've all probably experienced, is that bats look like
nothing more than dark spots zooming by. To compensate for our poor
night vision, there are many tools available to monitor
bats. Acoustic detectors are small boxes with
microphones that let us hear and record bat
calls. We also try to capture them by setting
up a very fine net, which looks like a giant
fishing net hung from the top of trees down to
the ground. The net is so fine that bats often don't notice it in time (yes, bats
can see!). When they hit the net they become entangled, and the biologist must
release them. First, of course, we examine them and collect information on the
species to help us learn more about who is flying in the night skies.
- Lindsey Heffernan, Endangered and Threatened Mammals Biologist
Farmer Squirrel? Did you know squirrels are good farmers?
Probably a thought that never crossed your mind. But
if you envision trees as standing crop that bears food,
you may start to see that a squirrel is more than a
thief who steals seed at your bird feeder! Squirrels
are actually masters of growing seeds produced by
trees. The actions they take remove seeds that are
infected by insects and also make seeds significantly
larger! Pay attention and you may notice just a
few small branches of trees trimmed off by squirrels
in late spring. This allows the tree's energy to be devoted to the remaining seed on that branch. Ever see
a pile of very small acorns in early July beneath a large
oak? Maybe immature acorn shells in late July or early
August? Yep, you guessed it ... the squirrels are farming
their crop! If you happen upon dropping of immature
shells later in July, this might be a great opportunity to spot a flying squirrel.
Head out quietly under that tree as dusk creeps into night and listen for little
mousy squeaks in the tree tops. Hone in on the area the sound is coming from
and quickly turn on a bright flashlight. Flying squirrels are typically timid of
light, but may freeze in place long enough to catch a glimpse.
- Greg Turner, Endangered and Threatened Mammals Section Supervisor
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