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Join us this evening to welcome Austin bat conservationist and celebrated ecologist with his new book, The Secret Lives of Bats, a journey to the frontiers of bat research and conservation that forever changes the way we see these poorly understood yet fascinating creatures. Tuttle's research and efforts go back 50 years and his work at building positive attitudes towards bats created a healthy perception for Austin's own Congress Avenue Bridge Bats. His photographs of the mammal have appeared on U.S. Postal stamps and various magazines. Tonight will be an intriguing insight into our neighbors under the bridge!
ABOUT THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS
A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared.
From menacing moonshiners and armed bandits to charging elephants and man-eating tigers, Merlin Tuttle has stopped at nothing to find and protect bats on every continent they inhabit. Enamored of bats ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle saw how effective photography could be in persuading people not to fear bats, and he has spent his career traveling the world to document them.Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Tuttle shares research showing that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that vampire bats have a social order similar to that of primates, and that bats have remarkable memories. Bats also provide enormous benefits by eating crop pests, pollinating plants, and carrying seeds needed for reforestation. They save farmers billions of dollars annually and are essential to a healthy planet.Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Tuttle takes us to the frontiers of bat research and conservation and forever changes the way we see these poorly understood yet fascinating creatures.
ABOUT MERLIN TUTTLE
Dr. MERLIN TUTTLE is an ecologist, wildlife photographer, and conservationist who has studied bats worldwide for more than fifty years. He founded Bat Conservation International in 1982. His work has been featured in Science, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and National Geographic.
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