Here’s a Scary Story about Bats

Happy Halloween!

Everyone have a good costume ready? Something scary? Maybe a vampire? Or a bat?

For a long time we’ve saddled bats – the sweetest nocturnal critters ever – with a decidedly undeserved reputation as ghoulish, creepy, and evil. I suppose we can blame Dracula, or the fact that they sometimes live in cold, dark caves, or maybe we can say it’s because they’re creatures of the night.

Regardless of their stigma from days past, I think we all know that, in reality, bats perform a formidable service for our ecosystem. Primarily insectivores, bats feast on my least-favourite pests like moths and wasps (the real villains, if you ask me). Truly, bats are the best!

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Here’s Where it Gets Spooky

The scary truth is that we’re remarkably close to losing another species of these dark-winged devils altogether.

In New Brunswick, Canada, a once robust population of brown bats has been decimated by a fungus known as white-nose syndrome, which grows over their faces while they hibernate in the winter. Headlines have declared that we’ve lost over 99 percent, dropping the numbers from 7,000 to only 22. (source)

7,000 to 22.  7,000 to 22.  

If those numbers don’t give you nightmares, I don’t know what will.

Scarier still is the fact that the fungus appears to be moving westward with predictions that it will inevitably appear in the Prairies before a solution is found. (source)

It’s both sad and terrifying to watch our list of endangered animals grow and grow. I get chills down my spine whenever those animals are later switched to the extinct list. It’s so disheartening.

Bat populations are being affected across North America. In Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Fund is currently promoting efforts to help bats but please look into your local, regional conservation efforts. Whether you can adopt a bat or build them a house, just remember that these furry fellas aren’t the evil creatures they’re made out to be – they’re darlings, not demons – and they need our help.

Interested in other environmental issues? View this post and many others at www.greenphonebooth.com where I post as Mindful Echo.

Krista

Grey Skies are Gonna Clear Up

It’s been a rough week, folks. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been consuming every media source you can on the recent tragedies in Montreal and Ottawa. From the panic to the terror, the confusion, and the sorrow, those involved have been through the worst and I send my sincerest hopes that they’ll find peace soon.

In Halifax yesterday, some of the city experienced a tiny bit of panic themselves, which was thankfully resolved quickly and without major incident – as far as I know.

And you know the universe loves to play with pathetic fallacy. So here we sit under another cloudy, grey sky after so many wet, rainy days.

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May you all hold your loved ones close this weekend. Give your friends and family hugs and your pets some extra snuggles – because they love you too.

Krista

Wordless Wednesday: Pipeline Edition

This post was originally published at www.greenphonebooth.com where I contribute as the Mindful Echo. It’s a great blog for those of you interested in environmental issues of all sorts. Check it out!

Like many of us, I am deeply concerned with all the potential ramifications of pipeline development in Canada. Click the images below to view the stories to which they belong.

Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.
Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.
Keystone, Northern Gateway: Why 2014 will be year of big decisions for Canadian oil and gas
Keystone, Northern Gateway: Why 2014 will be year of big decisions for Canadian oil and gas
Pipeline battles loom in Canada if Keystone stalled
Pipeline battles loom in Canada if Keystone stalled
Stephen Harper meets TransCanada reps in Mexico as he gets ready to lobby Barack Obama on Keystone XL pipeline
Stephen Harper meets TransCanada reps in Mexico as he gets ready to lobby Barack Obama on Keystone XL pipeline
Pipeline rupture report raises questions about TransCanada inspections
Pipeline rupture report raises questions about TransCanada inspections
While U.S. Waits On KXL Decision, A New Tar Sands Pipeline Just Got Approved
While U.S. Waits On KXL Decision, A New Tar Sands Pipeline Just Got Approved

Krista