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Bats Also at Risk, New Radar Study Says

 

(Washington, D.C., Aug. 8, 2016)A radarstudyreleased last month by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) provides stark evidence that wind turbines on the Great Lakes pose an unacceptably high risk to migratory birds and other wildlife. Yet this region in New York has been targeted for enormous wind energy projects, including the proposed Lighthouse Wind facility—one of the nation’s 10 worst for birds, according to ourrecent report.

“This study is the smoking gun in the argument against installing wind energy so close to the lakeshore,” said Dr. Michael Hutchins, Director of American Bird Conservancy’sBird-Smart Wind Energy Program. “If risk to birds means anything to our elected leaders, this should be the death knell to projects like Lighthouse, which is currently under serious consideration by New York’s Public Service Commission."

The study, conducted in 2013 and released in July 2016, monitored four sites using radar along the shore of Lake Ontario, scanning 24 hours a day in vertical and horizontal planes to capture movement. At all sites, the radar recorded high levels of bird and bat activity in or near the “rotor-swept zone” that wind turbines would occupy if built along the lakeshore. Activity was especially high at night, a finding that largely invalidates the use of daytime visual surveys often used by wind-energy developers to assess risks to birds.

“The study provides fresh and compelling evidence that wind-energy development does not belong on the shores of the Great Lakes, as ABC,Black Swamp Bird Observatory, and other conservation groups have argued,” said Hutchins. “It confirms what we have long known: In the absence of proven methods to reduce bird collisions with turbines, wind-energy development must be sited in areas where there are fewer birds and bats to minimize harm to these ecologically important animals.”

As the study notes, “Migrants are flying at altitudes that place them at risk of collision with current or future wind energy development in the area. The importance of shoreline areas, as revealed by our study, highlights the need to avoid these migration corridors as recommended in the Service’sLand-Based Wind Energy Guidelines.”

The FWS currently recommends that no wind turbines be built within three miles of the Great Lakes’ shorelines, while The Nature Conservancy recommends five miles. However, this new radar study suggests that the minimum should be extended even farther, perhaps as far as 10 miles. Unfortunately, the wind industry is eager to build in these sensitive areas.

Given the findings of the FWS radar study, ABC remains highly concerned about the size and location of the proposed Lighthouse project. If approved, up to 71 turbines would be built along the south shore of Lake Ontario in the middle of a migratory corridor used by millions of birds annually. The 570-foot-tall turbines would extend 4.5 miles inland along a 12-mile stretch. Vast numbers of songbirds and raptors concentrate within six miles of the shoreline during spring and fall of each year. This area also has pockets of habitat for sensitive grassland birds, which could be displaced by the turbines. Federally protected Bald Eagles that frequent the area would also be at risk.

“We hope that renewable energy can help address global climate change,” said Hutchins. “But how we do it is very important. We must keep wind and solar projects out of important and sensitive habitats for wildlife. We’re not doing a very good job of this now, but with improved regulation and science, leading to proper siting and mitigation, we could make wind energy ‘bird-smart’ energy too.”

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American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.  With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

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THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS:
My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals
by: Dr. Merlin Tuttle

October 20, 2015
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
9780544382275

"The Secret Lives of Bats is a whirlwind adventure story and a top-shelf natural history page-turner. But perhaps most important, it tells the feel-good conservation success story of the century: how Merlin Tuttle changed the world's perception of bats from monsters to angels—by befriending people, then showing them the truth. Everyone who cares about animals must read this riveting book about a fearless, indestructible gentleman-adventurer and the beautiful, gentle bats he has studied, protected, and loved.”

Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus and The Good Good Pig

"The Secret Lives of Bats dispels the bad reputation of bats, long lurking in our imagination as creepy, somewhat scary creatures—the bit players in horror movies and Gothic romance. Tuttle’s innovative photography, adventurous spirit, and compelling words and science reveal bats for what they are: intelligent, social, and fascinating mammals. In short, Tuttle's fifty years of research and conservation commitment has turned our aversion into awe."

Kathy Moran, National Geographic

"Tuttle's recent attempts to photograph them in their natural habitat have led him through many hair-raising adventures, which he entertainingly chronicles. A page-turning memoir of curiosity about—and dedication to—a significant part of the natural world."
Kirkus Reviews

The Secret Lives of Bats highlights the life-long journey of the man who arguably has done more for the conservation of bats than anyone else on the planet. Filled with personal and professional stories and peppered liberally with scientific insights about bats, this book is a must-read for a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the world’s most misunderstood mammals. ”

John P. Hayes, Colorado State University

TIMELY. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS on October 20, which is National Bat Week and the week before Halloween, when awareness for bat conservation is highest. Ideal for Halloween coverage.

LEADING BAT EXPERT. No one is more qualified to write this book than ecologist Dr. Merlin Tuttle, who has dedicated his life to setting the record straight on the good bats bring to the economy, environment, and population. He founded Bat Conservation International—the leading authority on bat protection—in 1982.

STUNNING PHOTOS. Extraordinary photos that Tuttle has taken over the years of bat species from around the world are available for excerpt. Nothing stops Tuttle from getting his shot: inserts in the book show him roping into caves, crawling into hollow trees, and scaling cliff walls to get to the highly intelligent and elusive bats.

A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.

How do you feel about bats? Everyone has a bat story. Dr. Merlin Tuttle has thousands of them, and none involve him running away screaming or calling an exterminator. Tuttle, an ecologist and founder of Bat Conservation International, has spent his lifetime searching the globe for every bat species known to man, documenting his experiences through photography and writing (his work has appeared in Science, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and National Geographic). THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on-sale: Oct. 20, 2015) is the culmination of his lifetime’s worth of meticulous study.

The opening scene is of young Tuttle exploring a known bat cave with his dad. He stumbles upon thousands of them as they’re nesting, disrupting their sleep and causing them to fly all over him, inside his shirt and up his pant legs. Tuttle, who would one day be known as the “real life Batman”, wasn’t remotely afraid. “I soon realized that they meant no harm and were only seeking places to hide. In fact, they had more to fear than I did…they neither scratched nor bit me as they swarmed over me, and I had to hold quite still to avoid inadvertently crushing them.”

So begins Tuttle’s lifelong dedication to changing pre-conceived opinions about bats. Instead of fearing the vampire bat, for example, we should thank it for its saliva, which has aided in the development of modern medicines. Bats promote healthy crops and sustainable living for farmers by eating nighttime insects and reducing the need for pesticides. They are responsible for the pollination of over 500 plant species, including different types of mango, banana, cocoa, durian, guava, and agave (so no bats, no chocolate or tequila!). Bats are not by nature blood-thirsty attackers of the human race, but gentle, cuddly creatures, with off-the-charts intelligence. Bats are essential to the environment and to the economy.

Tuttle has encountered bats as cute as any panda and as strange as any dinosaur, from tiny bumblebee bats to flying foxes with six-foot wingspans. He shares harrowing details of moonshiner standoffs, close encounters with tigers, cobras, and poachers, and daring feats just to get close. He did it for love of bats and the thrill of scientific discovery, and it’s all in the book.

What’s not to love?

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Bird Conservation Group Calls for Changes in Collection of Data at Wind Developments

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(Washington, D.C., March 6, 2015) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to institute a new system of pre-construction risk assessment and bird and bat mortality data collection in connection with hundreds of thousands of bird (and bat) deaths being caused by wind turbines and the likelihood that that number could substantially exceed one million deaths when the industry reaches its full build out capacity by 2030 or before.

The ABC proposal was made in a letter to Department of Interior and FWS pursuant to their request for comments on information collection in connection with their land-based wind energy guidelines. It follows the entering of a guilty plea on January 6 from PacifiCorp that will require the company to pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act by killing 38 Golden Eagles and 336 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.

ABC is asking FWS to institute a pre-construction risk assessment and bird mortality data collection that are based on:

  1. studies conducted by independent, qualified experts selected by the FWS or a trusted consulting company hired by FWS;
  2. costs being borne by wind energy companies;
  3. all reports sent directly to the FWS, and not through the wind energy company, which would then have no opportunity to edit or alter the reports to their advantage;
  4. reports being made available to the public to add an additional layer of scrutiny; and
  5. mandatory requirement to conduct independent Environmental Assessments (EA) and obtain incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act when protected species are present.

The ABC letter commended the FWS for formally recognizing, in their comment solicitation, that there may be serious problems with their current voluntary system of siting and operational guidelines for the wind industry, which is based largely on self-reporting.  The solicitation said that: “We are currently in the process of evaluating the efficacy and use of the Guidelines and the Service is considering regulatory options. Based on feedback from the wind energy industry and from Service staff, the Guidelines are often successful in improving communication and lead to development of wind projects that are safer for wildlife, but in other cases are not successful in preventing wind energy facilities from being constructed in areas of high risk to wildlife.”

ABC objected to the statement “often successful,” asserting that there are no data to support such a statement. ABC is calling on FWS to “trust but verify” in regard to bird mortality data collection and monitoring, citing a wide range of problems with the current system, including:

  1. industry-paid consultants that downplay the potential impact of wind energy facilities on federally-protected birds and bats during the Environmental Assessment development process;
  2. attempts by the wind industry to site wind energy in highly sensitive areas for birds (e.g., Mill Creek in Missouri, Camp Perry in Ohio, Apple Blossom in Michigan, etc.);
  3. industry-paid consultants who collect data on post-construction fatalities and report unverified and potentially incorrect data to regulators;
  4. lack of fatality reporting by existing wind energy facilities; and
  5. efforts to hide bird and bat fatality data from the public. 

The ABC letter charges that “…wind energy companies should not be collecting their own fatality data, as it is a direct conflict of interest.  Industry does not share mortality data with the public and FWS contends that the data are owned by the companies.  ABC contends they only ‘own’ the data because of the system that FWS has set up, which is based entirely on self-reporting.”

ABC had additional concerns with current federal plans to have the American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI) retain bird and bat mortality data. Under that plan, AWWI would sign a confidentiality agreement with wind energy companies and would not be subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. “This seems like a less-than-veiled attempt to continue to keep the public and concerned NGOs in the dark,” said Dr. Michael Hutchins, National Coordinator of ABC’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign and author of the letter.

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American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

 

Adam M. Roberts

Executive Vice President, Born Free USA (www.bornfreeusa.org)

Leading expert in captive wildlife issues and compassionate conservation

Adam M. Roberts is executive vice president of Born Free USA (www.bornfreeusa.org) and is based in Washington, DC. He helped found the organization in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the American public.

Adam has significant expertise and over two decades of experience in international wildlife trade and captive wild animals, and serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network (www.ssn.org) where he chairs their press and financial committees, the bear working group, and the animals in captivity working group. SSN is dedicated to ensuring that the international wildlife trade does not cause overexploitation of animals and plants. SNN currently includes 82 member organizations from 33 countries.

He is also a founding member of the board and current chairman of the board of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (www.sanctuaryfederation.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing species-specific humane standards of care for animals held in wildlife and farm animal sanctuaries, and accrediting facilities globally based on these standards.

In 2003, Adam founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries. He runs the organization singlehandedly, and as a volunteer. To date, the organization has supported work in more than 50 countries and has given out a quarter of a million dollars in grant awards.

He began his animal protection career in Washington, DC in 1991.

Adam has written over 50 articles for various medical, legal, scientific, and advocacy organization publications around the world. He is a frequent lecturer/speaker at national and international conferences on issues concerning captive wild animals, compassionate conservation and the protection of all animals.

He is interviewed regularly by the media about animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues. Among recent interviews: CNN/HLN, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Reuters, New York Daily News, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and more.

He is a graduate of Vassar College, and resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, two children, two dogs, five cats and two guinea pigs.

Born Free USA asking people to honor bats this Halloween

Washington, D.C., October 8, 2012-- This year is the “International Year of the Bat,” one of the most misunderstood wildlife species and, with Halloween just weeks away, their reputation often suffers this time of year.

Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, is working to stop the rapid decline in bat populations. “Humans can help bats by dispelling the myths that cause needless harm to and fear about them,” says Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate for Born Free USA. “They are actually vitally important to ecosystems and agriculture.”

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Bats are extremely valuable to our country’s agriculture due to the incredible number of insects these small animals consume and many homeowners encourage bats to roost near their homes by installing specially designed bat houses to reap the insect control benefits that bats provide.”

“Fear of contracting rabies is the greatest fear people have about bats, however rabies only affects a small percentage of bats – less than one half of one percent, and the risk of contracting rabies is further minimized by following basic precautions such as not handling or touching bats with bare hands,” Engebretson explains.

Bats may choose to roost in exterior building walls or attics and may raise their young in these spaces. If building or homeowners are unable to accommodate the bats, it is a widely accepted best practice to humanely exclude bats from unwanted roosting areas after they have finished raising young and when they are not hibernating. Blocking access to a human occupied interior area of a building is a simple and effective method to prevent contact with bats during this time.

Roberts explains, “Individuals can help offset the threats faced by bats and reap the benefits of having bats around by becoming “bat smart.”

Born Free USA top tips for being bat smart:

  • If a bat flies into your home, as long as no direct human contact has occurred the bat can be released outdoors. First leave a door or window to the outside open to allow the bat to leave on its own. If it does not leave on its own the bat can be safely captured and released outside using a box (cover the landed bat with a box, slip a piece of cardboard between the wall/floor and the container gently tapping the bat inside). Then wait until nightfall and take the box outside and release the bat outside.
  • If you find an injured bat or a bat who appears unable to fly call your local wildlife rehabilitator, your local animal control or public health office.
  • Create roosting sites for bats on your property by installing bat houses – build your own or buy one. Plans for building or purchasing bat houses can be found on the internet.
  • Humanely exclude bats from buildings and spaces that you don’t want them to roost in. Exclusions should only be done when young bats are mature enough to leave the roost and when bats are not hibernating. Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org has detailed instructions for humanely and safely excluding bats from buildings.
  • Take reasonable precautions- never handle bats with bare hands

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to the United States the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film “Born Free,” along with their son Will Travers, now chief executive officer of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

More at www.bornfreeusa.org; on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.

Bat World Sanctuary and Its President Amanda Lollar Awarded $6.1 Million in Defamation Lawsuit Against Mary Cummins FORT WORTH, Texas, June 15, 2012 -- Bat World Sanctuary, an international non-profit organization devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating bats, and its president, Amanda Lollar of Mineral Wells, were awarded $6.1 million in damages by a Tarrant County district judge yesterday in a defamation lawsuit. After a four-day trial the court found that Mary Cummins of Los Angeles, California had committed defamation against Amanda Lollar and had breached her internship contract with Bat World Sanctuary. In 2010 Mary Cummins was accepted for an internship at Bat World Sanctuary in Mineral Wells. While at Bat World she became dissatisfied with the program and left the internship early. According to the plaintiffs she went back to California and began posting "horrific allegations of animal cruelty against Amanda Lollar on the internet." She accused Amanda Lollar of performing "illegal surgeries" on bats without anesthesia, possessing and distributing controlled substances without a DEA license, throwing dead bats in the trash, allowing interns to be repeatedly bitten by rabid bats, breeding bats illegally, giving human rabies vaccinations to interns, and neglecting her pet dogs. She filed reports of animal cruelty with numerous wildlife and conservation organizations as well as humane and animal welfare organizations. She also complained to a foundation that had been providing funding to Bat World but stopped doing so after receiving Cummins' complaint. She filed complaints with the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Attorney General, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA, the Mineral Wells Police and Fire Department, the Palo Pinto District Attorney and other agencies. Every agency that investigated Bat World Sanctuary found Cummins' complaints to be completely without merit. According to Eric Shupps, the plaintiff's expert on information technology, Cummins used "search engine optimization" and "Google bombs" to spread her defamation far and wide across the internet. Judge William Brigham, who was the visiting judge in the 352nd District Court of Tarrant County, announced at the conclusion of the trial that Amanda Lollar is world-renowned and is to bats what Jane Goodall is to primates. He said that Mary Cummins' defamation of Amanda Lollar was "intentional, malicious, and egregious" and ordered her to pay $3.0 million in compensatory damages and $3.0 million in punitive damages. He also ordered her to pay $10,000 for breach of her contract with Bat World and $176,700 in attorney's fees. Lollar's attorney, Randy Turner with the firm Bailey & Galyen said, "This judgment sends a powerful message to cyber-stalkers and others who use the internet to harass people or to harm their reputations. Innocent victims like Amanda Lollar often don't have the resources, expertise, or ability to defend themselves against such vicious internet attacks. Hopefully this judgment will make someone think twice before engaging in an internet smear campaign." With determination, strong will, and the help of an attorney who has never lost an animal rights case, Ms. Lollar has won the fight and can now get on with what she does best - helping bats. "I would like to thank everyone who stood by us during this ordeal and never, ever lost faith in us. Mr. Turner and his paralegal, Kelly Bozeman, worked tirelessly for us and we couldn't have won without them. I will be forever grateful," said Ms. Lollar. About Bat World Sanctuary Ms. Lollar, who has authored both scientific and popular literature, plans to write a book about her personal nightmare regarding this case. She hopes to bring about changes in the legal system regarding internet harassment, because in most states there are no laws that protect the victims. This type of crime is on the rise and she would like to bring it to the forefront. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Bat World Sanctuary. Bat World Sanctuary is a non-profit organization founded by Amanda Lollar. Bat World is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Learn more about Ms. Lollar by visiting www.BatWorld.org. Contact: Amanda Lollar, President & Founder www.BatWorld.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Facebook.com/BatWorld Twitter - @batworld  # # #