Steering bats away from windfarms

Bat populations in Texas have been dwindling in the past few decades. Many things have been contributing to the decline in numbers including, human disturbances, disease, exposure to pesticides and flying into to wind turbines. Researchers have come up with a new device to help keep the flying animals away from windfarms. The device will play an ultrasonic sound that will hopefully deter bats from flying near the huge spinning blades.

Dozens of bats flew into and were killed by cars on a Texas highway. There are a few ideas on why this occurred on such a large scale. On theory is that there was too much wind when the bats emerged from the bridge they were under. This may have caused them not get the height they needed to get above the oncoming traffic. Another theory is that they may not be echolocating when they fly out form under the bridge causing them to become disoriented in a way.

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Ultrasonic Device to Keep Bats Away from Texas Windfarms

An energy company is taking steps to protect bats from windmills. Research shows hundreds of thousands are killed every year. There’s new technology to keep this from happening.

The Mexican free-tailed bats fly in the millions at their peak. They’re the state’s official flying mammal and they claim spots all over Texas. Read more

Summary: Researchers have come up with a new device to help keep the flying animals away from windfarms. The device will play an ultrasonic sound that will hopefully deter bats from flying into the blades.

Dozens of bats run over, killed on off-ramp

Brandon Deleon slowed down for what he thought was regular rush hour traffic on Monday night. When he got off Interstate Highway 35 at Round Rock Avenue, bats started colliding with his car.

“They were hitting the car, they were falling on the ground, and you can’t really avoid them because they were all over the road,” Deleon said.

Austin Bat Refuge executive director Dianne Odegard has two theories as to why the bats were flying into the cars.

“They may not be echo-locating when they emerge from a bridge,” Odegard explained. Learn more

Summary: Dozens of bats flew into and were killed by cars on a Texas highway. There are a few ideas on why this occurred on such a large scale.

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