Bat Blitz (University of Missouri)


Uploaded by umsystem on 21.08.2009

Transcript:
IT’S NIGHTFALL BUT THE WORK IS JUST BEGINNING. IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BIOLOGIST
BREE MCMURRAY AND HER TEAM SETUP NETS ON TALL ALUMINUM POLES
IN THE WOODS. SOT-----(:10)-------------------------------
Ben Hale Bat Blitz Volunteer
(SOT) “We will check in another 15 minutes and I bet we will get a bat.”
FINDING THE RIGHT LOCATION IS KEY TO CATCHING A BAT. ON THIS NIGHT IT DOESN’T
TAKE LONG.
SOT-------(:22)----------------------------- Bree McMurray
Missouri Dept. of Transportation Biologist
(SOT) “It’s like Christmas morning. You do
have to be very careful when you are taking bats out of the nets they do bite.”
MORE THAN 80 PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING BIOLOGISTS AND STUDENTS
TAKE PART IN THE BAT BLITZ. UNIVERSITY FOREST, A UNIVERSITY
OF MISSOURI RESEARCH CENTER, WAS HEADQUARTERS FOR THE THREE NIGHT
BAT SURVEY RESEARCHERS COLLECT DATA THAT
WILL HELP US PROTECT THESE SURPRISINGLY USEFUL ANIMALS.
SOT-------(:49)--------------------------------- Hank Stelzer
MU Extension Forester (SOT) “Bats are very good for eating
insects a typical big brown bat will eat three- thousand to seven-thousand mosquitoes a
night so that’s good for the homeowner.” AND GOOD FOR FARMERS. WITH FEWER INSECTS,
CROPS NEED LESS PESTICIDE.
BUT THE BATS COULD BE IN TROUBLE.
A FUNGAL DISEASE CALLED WHITE NOSE SYNDROME IS WIPING OUT
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BATS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES.
IT HAS NOT SHOWN UP IN MISSOURI BUT IF DOES IT COULD KILL 90 PERCENT
OF HIBERNATING BATS. WITHOUT BATS, INSECTS COULD
DEVASTATE CROPS AND INCREASE THE RISK OF INSECT BORN DISEASES SUCH
AS WEST NILE VIRUS.RESEARCHERS SAY THE BAT GETS A
BAD RAP.
SOT-------------------------------------------------- NO SUPER
(SOT)“People think rabies, think they’re vampires and that’s not the case yes they
do carry they are source of rabies but in a
bigger picture the benefits far outweigh their perceived risks.”
THAT’S WHY BAT ENTHUSIASTS LIKE MCMURRAY LOOK AT THESE
CREATURES A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THAN MOST OF US.
SOT------------------------------------------- (SOT) no super “They’re so ugly they’re
cute.”
Kent Faddis/Reporting (1:50) IN WAPPAPELLO MISSOURI, KENT
FADDIS REPORTING.