NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE
Behold. The National Park Service reveals that the nation’s vast system of parklands, forests, mountains and meadows are home “to a whopping 53 unique species of bats,” the federal agency says. This is promising news. In recent years, the little airborne critters have been in decline due to disease and habitat loss. But things could be looking up for the likes of the Hawaiian hoary bat, the ghost-faced bat and the Mexican freetailed bat — all on the species list.
“This is the first time we’ve had a complete view of all the bats in parks across the country. It’s really exciting because we have so many bats to celebrate. But it’s also sobering because of the huge responsibility we have to try and keep all those bats in parks safe,” said Tom Rodhouse, the ecologist who led the study and urges “strategic bat conservation” to keep ’em all flying.