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Like most frogs, the goliath frog is hardly a picky eater, being pretty much willing to swallow anything smaller than itself.  Considering how big this frog is, however, that list is much longer than most.  Goliath frogs have been found happily devouring insects, fish, mice, small snakes, crustaceans, other frogs (including other goliath frogs), worms, and baby turtles.  But perhaps the biggest surprise came when one researcher cut open a goliath frog to discover that its last meal had been a bat!

Because someone posted a picture cascade of harvest mice, I thought I would post one of the Honduran White Bat.

The body of this bat is only about as long as your thumb.

As you can see, they shelter together in small groups, under broad leaves. They chew the spine of these leaves to weaken it and let its two halves fold down to hide them underneath.

Their coloring, though it stands out in photographs, is actually camouflage. Their white fur reflects the green color of the leaves they nest under!

Hundreds of species of animals are being eaten into extinction. Can it be stopped?

What do bats, kangaroos and gorillas have in common? They’re all on the list of species being hunted and eaten by humans at alarming rates. According to a new study, increased human expansion in developing nations has led to overhunting of terrestrial mammals for food and medicine. The study’s author offered five ways to save the animals and ourselves.

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Bat Research Brings the #mypubliclandsroadtrip to #WomeninSTEM Wednesday

Today’s roadtrip continues in the Big Saline Bayou, Louisiana, for a behind-the-scenes with Alison McCartney. a BLM Southeastern States District Office employee whose specialty is bats.

“The BLM’s Southeastern States District Office is currently conducting acoustic surveys on BLM tracts in Alabama and Louisiana to determine bat species relative abundance and diversity.  We are using an Anabat SD2, which is a piece of equipment that records bat echolocation calls. Using specialized software, these calls can be analyzed to identify species. Our primary focus for the survey effort is to determine if there are any rare, threatened, or endangered bat species utilizing the tracts to better focus habitat management efforts to benefit these species, if present. 

We are also interested, however, in common species that might occur on the tracts. Bat relative abundance and diversity are considered an overall indicator of forest health. A higher abundance and species diversity of bats in an area represents a healthier more diverse forest.”

-By Alison McCartney