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America's Neighborhood Bats: Understanding and Learning to Live in Harmony with Them 2nd Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0292712805
ISBN-10: 0292712804
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From reviews of previous editions: "An excellent primer about these fascinating animals. Highly recommended." Wildlife Book Review "Something very good in a small package: a natural history and practical ecology of the flying mammals that, next to wolves, must be the most unjustly persecuted creatures on earth... The colour photos and line drawings that profusely illustrate are top quality." ALA Booklist "These breathtaking photographs depict bats as startlingly beautiful creatures. The combination of excellent photography and enlightening text in America's Neighborhood Bats is sure to stimulate an appreciation of the winged mammals in most--if not all--readers." Wildlife Review

From the Back Cover

Since its publication in 1988, America's Neighborhood Bats has changed the way we look at bats by underscoring their harmless and beneficial nature. In this revised edition, Merlin Tuttle offers bat aficionados the most up-to-date bat facts, including a wealth of new information on attracting bats and building bat houses and a revamped key to the identification of common North American species. The easy-to-understand text, clear illustrations, and spectacular color photographs make this the perfect bat book for the general reader, as well as an invaluable resource for professionals who field questions from the public. Those who provide advice at health and animal control departments, museums, zoos, and nature centers will find it especially useful.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292712804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292712805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carrie Laben on October 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dr. Tuttle has set out to redeem the reputation of the bat clan and if people would just read this book I believe he would succeed. This book is packed with information that will help dispel the fear and misunderstanding with which people view bats, but at the same time it is by no means too technical to be readily understood (I first read it when I was about fourteen iirc and enjoyed it as much then as I do now.) I would recommend this book to anyone anywhere who is the least bit interested in nature and also to anyone who is fearful or concerned about bats in their nieghborhood.
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This is a very informative, well wriiten and beautifully photographed book on bats. The book includes beautiful color photographs of the most commonly seen bats in America. One of the most appreciated sections is the "Beginners' Key To American Bats", a well written, easy to comprehend section on identifying common bats of the region and placing them in their proper groups. Very important if you intend to build bat houses and hope to attract occupants and just general knowledge.
The book includes several other interesting chapters besides identification. It shows how bats navigate with radar. It addresses the many negative myths of bats, it explains how beneficial bats are in nature. If you want or need to know anything at all about these interesting creatures, THIS is the book and Merlin Tuttle is the expert to seek out. And even if you only need to know enough about bats to humanely evict them from your belfry, this book comes with even that information!
The author has dedicated his life to these interesting mammals. Even without knowing that fact, you can see from the entertaining way Mr Tuttle writes, how much he cares. All of his books are excellent. Check them all out!
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By A Customer on July 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book just because I was curious about bats. I had always thought they were "bad", until I visited a conservatory in Wyoming that had a bat house and explained how important they are. That was a surprise to me.
This book opened my eyes to how beneficial bats really are. It talks about the facts, myths and misconceptions about bats... what's true, what's not. It tells what to do if a bat comes into your house, and how to evict them if they have taken up residence in your attic or somewhere else you don't want them to be.
The book is well-written and an "easy" read. It has lots of good photos, and tells about some of the different species of bats and where they live. I recommend it for older children (maybe 10 and up) and adults. Well worth the money.
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I purchased "America's Neighborhood Bats" by Merlin D. Tuttle, to learn more about the bats overhead in the evenings here in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. If this book was any more lengthy, it would surely be considered a textbook, but it is a thorough compilation of information you can read and read again on the bats that inhabit our country. It has only wetted my appetite for more information and now I plan to build some accomodations for our neighborhood bats to provide even more housing for them to stay close, so I can reap the benefits of having these wonderful little creatures around here to eat even more insects from the night skies. I you would like to learn more than you would normally know about the American varieties of Bats, pick up this book. I purchased a hardbound copy, used and I am pleased with this purchase. Thank you Mr. Tuttle.
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Always wondered what Florida bats were doing when they flew over my head in early evening. Purchased a bathouse and this book to better understand their behavior and where to better locate the bathouse. Objective was to encourage bats to enjoy our ample supply of insects. Good placement allowed for bats to take residence within two weeks. Eat up fellows and invite your friends!!!
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Bats have had a big public relations facelift over the past 30 years. Dr. Merlin Tuttle founded Bat Conservation International and enlisted the help of bat enthusiasts all over the world to transform our view of one of the most maligned mammals into recognizing them as the complex, interesting, and ultimately harmless keystone species that they are. I just heard Dr. Tuttle talk (again) at the Field Museum, and I felt I should revisit this book in the hopes of encouraging even more people to jump on the "batwagon."

This is a great primer on what bats are, how they help us, and how we can help them. I'm sorry to say that BCI no longer offers this in their online catalogue, but you can still order it from Amazon. The photographs (Tuttle uses falconry techniques to capture what have become very familiar pictures of bats in flight)are captivating. Because this is a short and basic book, anyone interested in bats will find it necessary to do a little more in-depth research. As a layperson who would still like more detail, the text is a little too brief.

One problem with the physical book itself is that the binding is not that great, and several of my pages have come unglued.

There is no way to overstate bats' importance to the planet. They save countries--including the US--billions of dollars a year in pest control. They pollenate plants that sustain us, and they are barometers of the Earth's health.

Unfortunately, North American bats are now facing a new and devastating challenge in White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that interrupts hibernation. When they wake up, they exit caves to find food (not available in the winter) and they freeze or starve to death.
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