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A selection of news related to EUROBATS and other bat conservation activities.
News items of previous years can be accessed in the Archive.

The Kate Barlow Award: applications are now open

The Kate Barlow Award aims to encourage postgraduate students to conduct a substantive bat research project and to honour the late Dr Kate Barlow's contribution to bat conservation. Read more about her great achievements here.

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Mammals of Luxemburg available in German

A book "Säugetiere Luxemburgs" (Mammals of Luxemburg) by Laurent Schley and Jan Herr is available for ordering and in bookstores accross Europe. It comprises, among all, data on 21 bat species occuring in the country. Participants of the EUROBATS MoP 8 may order the book directly from Laurent  laurent.schley@anf.etat.lu at 25 Euro's price and he will bring copies to the meeting. 

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Die Zeit: stop fake news about bats

Yes, bats can transmit diseases – but you are extremely unlikely to be infected by one. Why fake news about bats is dangerous to their survival!
A letter of MerlinTutle to the popular German media Die Zeit responding to an article which blamed bats, was published on the newspaper's website at 
http://www.zeit.de/wissen/umwelt/2018-03/bats-fear-virus-disease-species...

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Publication No.6 translated to Japanese

EUROBATS Publication Series No. 6 “Guidelines for consideration of bats in wind farm projects” was translated into Japanese language by  the Bat Study and Conservation group of Japan, which has a working group on wind turbines.
The traslation is available online both on the BSCJ website  and as a PDF  below 

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Merlin Tuttle: give bats a break

Merling D. Tuttle, the founding father of  US bat conservation made a statement: searches for new viruses in bats are unlikely to contribute substantially to human health, but they may threaten the future of bats.

More information in the article below

 

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IUCN BSG Newsletter on Bats and Climate Change

A new issue of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group's newsletter, which is mostly devoted to the topic of influence of climate change on bats, has become available. See PDF below. 

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BAT-Habitecture - new exhibition opens in Germany

am Freitag, 15. September 2017 um 10 Uhr im Internationalen Fledermausmuseum Julianenhof

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Bat news from Latvia: 1000 migrating bats ringed in August, help needed

Migration season of 2017 is in full swing in Pape Ornithological Research Centre, where thousands of bats have been ringed since 2014. This year has set off as a slow one, with only ~1000 bats ringed, but a lot more are still to come. Some of the bats already ringed include 745 Nathusius’ bats (Pipistrellus nathusii), 62 Soprano pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) and a number of Parti-coloured bats (Vespertilio murinus) and other species.

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Call for help from Germany: radio-tagged bats in the European airspace!

Recent news from the "Monitoring Fledermauszug in Deutschland" project: starting from 13th of August 2017, 20 bats (12 Nyctalus leisleri and 8 Pipistrellus nathusii) will be tagged in East Germany (Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt) with 150 MHz-band transmitters for tracking their susequent migration routes. The project heavily depends on the participation of amateur radio operators across Europe and Northern Africa. The project coordinator is Mr. Hans-Joachim Vogl: DG1HVL.

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