My second article for USFWS on White Nose Syndrome, Bats on the rocks: New habitat may provide refuge from White-Nose Syndrome has been posted on the USFWS NE Region blog. I have been enjoying these conversations with scientists about the work they do. More articles are on the way!
I have been doing some freelance writing for USFWS’ Northeast Region on White Nose Syndrome, a disease that has wiped out many bat populations in the northeast and is spreading west. It will all culminate in Bat Week at the end of October. I am a nighthawk researcher, but bats and nighthawks are both aerial insectivores that share many of the same pressures.
My first article, Unlocking the mystery of White-nose Syndrome at the leading edge, was posted this week on the White-Nose Syndrome web site!
Last week, I used an infrared photo of a rooftop nighthawk nest to illustrate the importance of climate change research.
I tried to use this technology to find eggs and chicks, but as you can see above, there is no unique heat signature for eggs that I can use. Nighthawks are extremely heat tolerant, and so their body temperature (and the eggs they incubate) match their surroundings pretty closely. However, it’s been a great tool for visualizing this very phenomenon.