Stokes Beginner's Guide to Bats

Stokes Beginner's Guide to Bats


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A pocket-size, brilliantly colorful, simple-to-use guide to bats, containing dozens of full-color photographs that enable readers of all ages to identify the most common species; range maps; tips on attracting and observing creatures in the wild; information on habitat needs, life cycle, food preferences; and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316816588
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/29/2002
Series: Stokes Beginner's Guides Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,188,831
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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Stokes Beginner's Guide to Bats

By Donald Stokes Lillian Stokes Kim Williams and Rob Mies

Back Bay Books

Copyright © 2002 Donald W. Stokes and Lillian Q. Stokes
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-81658-2


Bats capture our imagination for many reasons. First, they are active mostly at night, so we literally do not know much about them. Second, they are mammals, like us, but they can fly. Third, they often roost during the day in dark caves or crevices where we are reluctant to go. And finally, any animal that is more comfortable in the night than the day is a wonder to us humans, who seek out the daylight.

Until quite recently, humans filled the vacuum of their knowledge with superstition and myths. This led people over the ages to be afraid of bats, to try to eliminate them from areas, and to invent stories about them that only increased the fear.

In today's world, the relationship between people and bats is changing. Scientists are learning about the vital role bats play in our environment in dispersing seeds, pollinating plants, and eating insects. People are attracting them to their yards with bat houses and chemical-free landscaping so they can enjoy watching them as well as have a natural control over many night-flying insects. And large organizations, such as the Organization for Bat Conservation, are promoting the understanding and conservation of bats through education, the media, and research. It is a great turn of events.

This is the first field guide to all of the bats of the United States and Canada that has ever been published. We have asked Rob Mies and Kim Williams to write it because they are at the forefront of the movement to appreciate and protect these animals. As founders and directors of the Organization for Bat Conservation, they bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the task.

Of the 4,000 species of mammals in the world, nearly 1,000 of them are bats. There are 45 species of bats in the United States and Canada, and many of them are endangered. We hope this authoritative yet user-friendly guide will help you understand, identify, and appreciate the bats that may live near you, and that this in turn will lead you to take more active steps toward conserving these wonderful little mammals.

Yours in nature, Don and Lillian Stokes


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Table of Contents

An Introduction to Bats7
How to Use This Guide11
Bats and Humans15
Echolocation and Bat Detectors19
Attracting Bats to Your Backyard21
Bat Houses23
Bat Conservation28
Where to See Bats32
Where to Learn More About Bats36
Identification Pages
State Lists133

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