Healing Earth News – Endangered Bats Find Sanctuary in Israeli ‘Ghost Bunkers’


(editor’s note: Happy Friday the 13th! Today we’re going batty!         The news today comes from Israel where citizens have re-purposed empty underground military forts to use as a habitat for endangered bats. Doesn’t that feel like karma coming full circle? Something positive from something negative… ahhh rebalancing Gaia feels so good!!  ~All my Love, Boo)

Here are some quick bat-facts:
 Bats use echolocation not only for orientation, but they can recognize the calls of other bats, similar to how humans can recognize the voices of friends and family.
 Bats are the only mammals currently on the Earth’s surface that can fly.
 A single brown bat can catch around 1,200 mosquito-sized insect in one hour.
 Less than 10 people have contracted rabies from bats in North America in the last 50 years.

Endangered Bats Find Sanctuary in Israeli ‘Ghost Bunkers’

ScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2012) — Abandoned army bunkers along the Jordan River have become a habitat for 12 indigenous bat species, three of which are already designated as endangered and two that are on the critical list. The bats were recently identified by a group of Tel Aviv University researchers who were granted access to the bunkers, spread out along a 60-mile-long stretch of land between the Sea of Galilee in the north of Israel to the Dead Sea’s northern edge.

According to Ph.D. student Eran Levin of TAU’s Department of Zoology, the local bat population is estimated to be in the thousands. “There is no doubt that, by being in a closed military zone that has prevented human interference, the bat habitat allows these delicate creatures to thrive,” he said. The underground forts have been empty since a peace treaty was signed with Jordan in 1994.

The researchers are now working to make the bunkers a more hospitable place for the bats by “roughing up” the steel and concrete walls — suspending mesh sheets and wooden pallets and spraying insulating foam and stuck stones to surfaces to provide a better grip. Night cameras have also been installed to keep an eye on the bats’ movement and behavior.

The bats are earning their lodging by serving as an asset to the environment. They each eat a few grams of insects every night, reducing the need for pesticides.

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The above story is reprinted from materials provided by American Friends of Tel Aviv University.

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Here’s another great news tidbit:
Gulf Coast Residents Say BP Oil Spill Changed Their Environmental Views
“About one-fourth of our respondents said that as a result of the spill, their views on other environmental issues such as global warming or protecting wildlife had changed,” said Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire.
A Message from the Elementals:
It’s crucial that you overcome your fear of things in nature you don’t understand. Whether a fear of perceived disease or from superstitions. 
When you learn to work with, protect, and communicate with the flora and fauna you are now familiar with marvelous things will happen. In the near future, there will be a return of some species you now consider “mythical”.  
We love it when you take time from your busy day to sit in your garden and talk to the butterflies and ladybugs!
~The Elementals (13 April, Year of the Light)
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