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US Department of Energy to fund BCI bat deterrent research
Wind Energy and Bats
The US Department of Energy awarded BCI a share of $1.75 million last week to develop ultrasonic bat deterrent devices for wind turbines. By reducing bat activity near turbines, ultrasonic acoustic deterrents (UADs) may provide an economically feasible and ecologically sound approach to reducing bat fatalities
Expanding Protection for the Paraguana Moustached Bat
The Paraguana moustached bat is endemic to the tiny Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela, where it inhabits only four caves. BCI is working with experts in Venezuela to ensure that the caves are secure and to expand the protected zone to include the bats’ foraging areas.
After building strong relationships with key local stakeholders, BCI’s partner, the Fundación Chimbilako, is now finalizing community conservation plans for two caves, recently recognized as Colombia’s first “Important Sites for Bat Conservation."
The Mirimiri is one of the world’s rarest bats and is known only from the cloud forests on Taveuni Island, Fiji.
Researchers surveyed for 40 nights and only captured one Mirimiri. BCI is developing plans to work with colleagues in Fiji and from Australia to identify its critical roost sites and enhance protection of the habitat upon which it relies.