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Bagging bat myths with conservation education

MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica – Bat expert Richard LaVal places plastic tarps onto the hood of his 2002 Kia Sportage in preparation for a night of mist-netting, or trapping. He has been researching bats, including the impacts of climate change in Monteverde and surrounding areas, for nearly 40 years. Now 77, he is not interested in … Continue reading

People pose a threat to bats

At The Bat Jungle in Monteverde, Costa Rica, tourists squint in the dark to see the tiny mammals darting through the air in search of fruit to gnaw on. The tour guide rattles off dozens of bat facts in a matter of minutes, including the importance bats have in seed dispersal. These nocturnal creatures have … Continue reading

The unsung heroes of Monteverde

Bats have always played an important role in the ecosystem of Monteverde, Costa Rica, but they remain misunderstood and feared. In Monteverde and all around the world, bats act as pollinators and seed dispersers, regenerating forests and keeping several species of flowers and other plants alive. Residents of Monteverde used to kill the bats thinking … Continue reading