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Understanding Bats: Discovering the Secret Lives of These Gentle Mammals [Paperback]

Bird Watchers Digest Press , Ron Meis , Mary B. Bowers , Kristen B. Payson


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Book Description

October 1996
Fantastic book encompasing all aspects of bats. From bat biology, bat houses, how to get bats out of your attic, to great photographs and maps of the most common U.S. bats. One of the very best and most informative bat books on the market today.


Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bird Watchers Digest Pr (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880241129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880241127
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #738,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

One of the best bat books on the market today. Fully up-to-date information on bat houses, how to get bats out of your attic, as well as information on how to protect bats and thier benenfits to humans. A must have!

About the Author

Kim Williams is the executive director and CEO of the Organization for Bat Cosnervation. She has written 12 bat books and several journal articles since completing her graduate degree. Her thesis focused on the roosting ecology of the federally endangered Indiana bat. Kim has appeared on such programs as National Geographic, Wild Things, and Nickolodeon. Rob Mies is the director of the Organization for Bat Conservation. He has traveled extensively around the world studying bats and how to protect them.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Bats June 7 2012
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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I just moved to a new house/horse farm out in the country and we have a couple of bats that live nearby in the woods. They are facinating creatures and we find ourselves watching them for hours as they eat the bugs that bug us in the evenings. So I turned to Amazon to see if I could find some background on bats - I decided I wanted to make sure that these few here would want to stay and perhaps attract some more; if they eat more bugs, that can only be good. I bought a bat house and this book. It amazes me that there is so little known about bats. The book explains things very well and simply; a very straight forward reference. I imagine this is set up much a like a bird watching book might be. The book explains the bits and pieces that we know, which is a whole lot more than I knew before getting the book. It explains what bats look for in homes to live in during the day.

I highly recommend the book and more to the point, I recommend that everyone encourage bats to do their thing. Your life will be so much more comfortable in the evenings - they really do take a bite out of the bug problems. Sorry, I could not resist the pun. Get the book, attract bats to your neighborhood, and sit back and enjoy the show. Or not, but check out the book, the stuff we all grew up "knowing" about bats has very little to do with real bats. I figure these are furry mamals that are more closely akin to us than birds and bees, so why not learn more about them. The book shows that there are bats that do the things that birds and bees do - polination, etc...they are really amazing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with the kids April 2 2013
By Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought fun with bats so I could have fun with my grandkids. We picked out a bat house and nailed it to a tree near our country cottage. Now we're just waiting for bats to move in, and meanwhile we're reading nice basic information about bats, especially important because SOMEONE, not mentioning any names, is scared of bats![...] Reviewed by Lynn Somerstein, co editor of Defining Moments For Therapists
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A batty education June 22 2012
By ksmom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved this book! So much information in simple terms. I try to educate children about how necessary bats are and this is one of my go to books that I give the children to read. I belived in teaching the young to help save the endanged creatures we share our world with. More books like this please.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book Nov. 12 2011
By Roger Herman - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, my daughter had it read the first day she got it.Very informational with the facts and all.Beats paying double at the local book store.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pamphlet Feb. 26 2008
By J. Loud - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should not be called a book. It is a pamphlet. Yes it has lots of information inside but it was not what I thought when I purchased it. I should have noticed the number of pages before I purchased it. The price is right for the product.

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