big eared bat

Gliscor from memory
I love them so much…….. so much

can you imagine if their shinies were monocrhomatic and all stone-coloured like gargoyles
Nintendo hear me out,,

I am thrilled to post my latest linocut relief print. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I love to draw bats. They are fascinating and misunderstood creatures. I love the variety of shapes found in their faces and ears. This print is roughly based on the Rafinesque’s big-eared bat, which is a type of vesper bat.

I had a blast carving this. I typically print on 5 x 7 inch blocks, but decided to go with an 8 x 10″ on this one. It allowed me to carve a larger variety of detail, including the tiny flying insects. I also used dampened paper while printing. This lightly embossed the paper and printed a really solid black without filling in the tiny details.  Like most of my other prints, it is a limited edition of 10.

If you are interested in purchasing one, you can buy one through my Etsy store.


[Image description: There are 3 images. The top one says ‘You will make it, I promise’ in pink text next to a peach colored bat.]

[The second one says ‘I know things are scary, and you may feel sad or scared. But…You will be OK, and I love you.’ There is a side caption that says, ‘I am here for you, always, OK?’ Both are written in purple text next to a fluffy big-eared bat.]

[The third one says ‘Your friends all love you!’ in bright yellow text, above a huddling group of tiny bats.]


#mypubliclandsroadtrip Walks on the Moon at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho

Managed jointly by the BLM and National Park Service, Craters of the Moon National Monument is a uniquely preserved volcanic landscape whose central focus is the Great Rift, a 62-mile long crack in the Earth’s crust. Craters, cinder coves, lava tubes, deep cracks and vast lava fields form a strangely beautiful volcanic sea on central Idaho’s Snake River Plain.

Local legends made references to the landscape resembling the surface of the moon. In fact, the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon visited Craters of the Moon in 1969 to study the volcanic geology and to explore an unusual and harsh environment in preparation for their trip to space.

Researchers continue to study the area - particularly the caves within the monument and nearby BLM Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.  A number of the caves provide hibernation habitat for Townsend’s big-eared bats, a sensitive species.  And they provide a great learning resource for local students.

Bats of the Big Desert

A group of Townsend’s big-eared bats huddle together during hibernation.

Driving west of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a vast expanse of land - covered in various vegetation, sagebrush, historic lava flows and volcanic extrusions. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like much. But underneath, it houses perhaps one of the most biologically-significant features of the Big Desert - lava tube caves that provide a unique habitat for bats.

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Top - Mason Bee House, Bamboo Birdhouse, and Bamboo Butterfly House:

Woven from natural bamboo, these teardrop-shaped shelters shed water while providing good ventilation. The birdhouse has a 1-¼" entrance hole for common backyard birds like nuthatches, titmice and finches, and there’s a clean-out door on the back. The butterfly shelter provides a safe spot for butterflies to roost, with narrow slots that keep predators out. A door on the back provides access so you can place bark or twigs inside for butterflies to perch on as they roost or take shelter from rain and wind. The mason bee house provides a happy home for these peaceful, non-stinging bees that can boost your garden’s productivity by pollinating flowers. Each mason bee visits as many as 1000 blooms per day — 20 times as many as a honeybee!

Middle - Bat Shelter:

Give the bats a place to roost using the Bat Shelter. With a single chamber large enough for 20 bats, this bat shelter is perfect for your small backyard colony. The interior surface and landing platform are made of rough cedar and are grooved for clinging when roosting and landing . Mount this bat shelter 8 feet to 12 feet high in a tree or under the eave of a building. Can also be placed near ponds, lakes or streams facing the sun. The shelter is perfect for your small backyard colony; for use by big brown, cave, eastern pipistrelle, evening, little brown, mexican free-tailed, northern long-eared, pallid, pallas’ mastiff, rafinesque’s big-eared, southeastern, and yuma bats.

Bottom - Insect Bee Bug House Nesting and hibernation Shelter Box:

A perfect solution for offering a shelter for insects, butterflies and bees. In bad weather, butterflies will look for shelter and are willing to live together with other insects. The wood chips are also good for ladybirds, which eat the aphids in your garden. For bees, they have bee bamboo and wood holes for living and breeding. This insect house is made of bark, pine, miscellaneous wood, bamboo and pine cones with solid wood construction. It would be better to place the insect house in a place with plentiful sunlight and protect it from wind and rain.

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anonymous asked:

Roxie sits at a diner, pouring over big books and her laptop, studying and taking notes and muttering to herself about various things. She seems to have almost forgotten about the food she had (burger, fries, nice big chocolate milkshake). The sound of the diner door opening catches her attention instantly however, big bat ears twitching as she looks towards it. She blinks at the sight of Coda, adjusts her glasses... Then smiles shyly and waves the fingers of her bat-wing arm. Greet sky doggo?

Coda is having a low fidelity day, distortion lines like a VHS tape with very bad tracking running through them, a soft static hum audible as they glance around the room. And when they spot Roxie, they literally flicker for the barest instant, staring at her and forgetting that they were going to, you know. Go find a seat.

If two four-eyes make eye contact, that’s eight eyes. How intense must that stare be?


This #WomeninSTEM Wednesday, meet BLM-California Wildlife Biologist Joyce Schlachter.

How many years have you been with the BLM? 


What do you like best about your job?

There is always something new to learn and to get involved with because of BLM’s multiple-use mission and the vast amount of land we manage. I have been able to experience working with a variety of wildlife in many different habitat types.  I have worked in the forests of southwestern Oregon, the Redwoods, the Mojave Desert and southern California, which is considered to be a world biodiversity hotspot.  San Diego County where I am now stationed has more biodiversity than any other county in North America.  I have worked on demographic studies for the northern spotted owl, desert bighorn sheep, Townsend’s big-eared bat and the Mojave Desert tortoise.

What did you do to prepare yourself for your career with the BLM?

My love of nature and animals, domestic and wild, has been my saving grace. It was only natural that I would someday work with and for the environment and animals.  I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was a little girl but, instead my first job was for a dentist and I spent the next 17 years being a Registered Dental Assistant.  I also assisted in veterinary dentistry and worked on gorillas, lions and dogs used in Disney motion pictures. During this time I decided I wanted to pursue a college degree and do more.  I then studied at Humbolt State University and earned my bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management. During my studies I participated in a career day and was chosen by BLM to be in the cooperative education program.

My advice to other women wanting to work in science and/or as a Wildlife Biologist:

I believe it is never too late to begin to pursue your interests.  I didn’t know what I would be doing with my degree and I didn’t know I’d be working for the BLM.  As trite as it may sound, it is important to follow your heart, be open to new adventures-say “Yes” and don’t give up!  I also feel it’s very important to volunteer your services in a field that you are passionate about. In my spare time, I volunteer for Project Wildlife, rehabilitating bats; an opportunity that is priceless.

Interview submitted by My Public Lands Tumblr blogger Michelle Puckett