Really Into Bats? You Need This Bat-Locator App
But there are some people who are really into bats, like Gustafson, who's on the board of Bat Conservation International and-full disclosure-my friend. My seven-year-old son is inexplicably crazy about bats, and Gustafson got him a subscription to the BCI magazine I call Bat Fancy but is really just called Bats .
Now, bats are an important part of the ecosystem and should be studied, but for whatever reasons-not enough scientists; scientists in general are under the gun-data collection on bats largely falls on "citizen scientists," people like Gustafson and the hobbyists she leads on evening bat walks through Central Park. "Bats face a multitude of threats-habitat loss, wind turbines, and perhaps the greatest threat-misunderstanding and irrational fear. Bats are wonderful creatures, they need our help," says Gustafson.
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