I was also going to release this one over Halloween, but I think that for the reasons that you will hear, it’s far, far more appropriate to release it now. My guest is Dr. Merlin Tuttle, and today we talk about the conservation of bats. Merlin is a well-known American conservationist. He is the founder of Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation. He has studied and photographed bats for over 60 years, and in so doing, he has changed the perception of bats, from that bats are an animal to be feared to one that is valuable, safe, even cute, and likable. Bats also play an important role in protecting plant species, controlling deadly mosquito populations, and reducing the reliance on pesticides.
However, there is a lot more work to do because forest habitats of bats are disappearing, and bat populations are vulnerable. And as you will hear, the fear of bats is still a huge factor in all of this. This is also a conversation about fear. And we discuss that. Merlin shares his background, how and why he developed the largest collection of bat photographs anywhere in the world, bats and contagious diseases (and the myths around that). We also talk about Merlin’s work protecting the bat colony of the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, which has now become a world-famous tourist site, and so much more.
Exaggerated Disease Warnings – here you can find articles, citations, infographics for sharing all about bats and disease.
All about Austin’s bats, www.austinbats.org
About MTBC field trips:
Of Agaves and Bats film, https://vimeo.com/277755110
More videos for all bat values, https://www.merlintuttle.org/video-gallery/
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