When it comes to migration science, birds rule. Although many mammals - antelopes, whales, bats - migrate, too, scientists know far less about how those animals do it. But a new device, invented by animal navigation researcher Oliver Lindecke, could open a new way to test how far-ranging bats find their way.
Of the flying animals, birds certainly get the most attention. People set out food and housing for the feathered denizens of the sky. Large non-profits and clubs are dedicated to watching birds for fun and to their conservation. It seems that bird research, conservation, and management are - compared to work with other organisms- relatively well funded.
Researchers analyzed an evolutionary tree reconstructed from the DNA of a majority of known bat species and found four bat lineages that exhibit extreme longevity. They also identified, for the first time, two life history features that predict extended life spans in bats.
Rotorua residents may be able to check out a threatened species of native bats while they stop by the supermarket, after a new discovery that bats are using urban areas in the city. Until about 10 years ago New Zealand's threatened long-tailed bat species were thought to stick to quiet areas of forest, and avoid humans and urban spaces.