Mass baby bat deaths threaten forests’ futures as effects of drought, bushfires mount. Between the drought and bushfire damage to their habitat, bats are having to travel further in search of food, meaning the mothers themselves are exhausted and malnourished.

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I’m going to mention again something I’ve posted about before: it should be possible to create static infrastructures that permanently reduce wildfire risks through creating damp patches of wilderness. Automatic moisture harvesters that will operate for decades can be built in the wilderness. Although they cannot of themselves provide a forest with true drought resistance (creating only an oasis under drought conditions), the moisture harvesters themselves could be built to resist fire damage completely, while the well-watered plants in their immediate vicinity would have some resistance. A few of these in a line would tend to stop the spread of wildfires. They’d draw animals in to the water source as well. Seeds would tend to be distributed in the vicinity of the water harvesters, eventually creating new food sources for herbivores, and predators would notice the herbivores going for food and water. All of this would boost the ecology around the moisture harvesters.


Ok, biologists have just released a study saying any kind of light, say shown on wind turbines and buildings the bats can detect and void. For birds, a 2017 study indicated that we use infrared lighting for wind towers and buildings. On forests, even the nasty little girl, Greta’s order, that we plant mangrove forests off the coasts for the tropics and sub topics could do the trick! If we do plant more deciduous forests, we must manage these (Unlike the aholes in California who used to do it, and now have 2 firestorms, per year).