Climate change is causing many bats to migrate sooner. Some are not even migrating at all in some cases.
Millions of bats can swarm the sky when they travel in a typical migration. These swarms can get so big, even weather radar can pick them up! That's often the case with the Mexican free-tailed bats bats when they migrate from Mexico to the Bracken Cave near San Antonio.
But many typical migrations are changing now. Are this is leading to potentially many negative impacts to our ecosystem.
Phillip Stepanian and Charlotte Wainwright, two meteorologists from Rathamsted Research in the United Kingdom, recently studied this bat migration by analyzing years of weather radar data. Their research, now published in the journal Global Change Biology, shows these bats have been migrating to Texas much earlier than they did in recent decades.
“We found that the bats … Continue Reading