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Thermal Imaging: A Key Role in Bat Research & Conservation

November 14, 2016
Category: News

The Bad News: Numerous threats, such as loss and fragmentation of habitat, disease, hunting, and diminished food supply, have significantly decreased global bat populations. Many bat species are vulnerable and endangered.

The Good News: Experts have kicked up their efforts – and more importantly, their resources – to put greater focus on bat research and conservation, in order to get a deeper understanding.

A key player in this research is thermal technology. FLIR Systems recently met with a couple of Bat Conservation experts to discuss how thermal imaging has been instrumental in helping them observe local bat populations, while also educating people about the important role bats play in the economy and environment. Watch the video below. And to see our FLIR line-up, click here.

Bat Facts: (from Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)

  • They are the only mammals that can fly.
  • They are major insect predators, hunting by echolocation and eating up to 100% of their body weight in insects when they forage at night in the summer.
  • Even though they hunt by echolocation, bats can see extremely well. In fact, there are no blind bat species. (So much for saying “blind as a bat”!)
  • Throughout the world, many species also serve as important plant pollinators and as prey for a wide range of other animals, including owls and snakes.
  • British Columbia hosts as many as 16 of Canada’s 18 species of bats! Making BC the most diverse province in terms of bat populations.

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