9 am | FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 •
Location: Natural History Institute
Come read with us! Natural History Book Club offers guided discussions on a diverse array of environmental and natural history literature for scholarship, inspiration, and understanding, in a welcoming atmosphere. The goal of the Natural History Book Club is to foster discussion of the exploration and discovery of the natural world, its dynamics and the role of humans within it, by reading the best in popular, scientific, adventure, and creative natural history. You can see what we are currently reading in the Natural History events calendar.
The book we will discuss this month is The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle.
Event Location: Natural History Institute, 126 N. Marina St., Prescott.
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About the Book
A lifetime of adventures with bats around the world reveals why these special and imperiled creatures should be protected rather than feared. From menacing moonshiners and armed bandits to charging elephants and man-eating tigers, Merlin Tuttle has stopped at nothing to find and protect bats on every continent they inhabit. Enamored of bats ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle saw how effective photography could be in persuading people not to fear bats, and he has spent his career traveling the world to document them.
Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Tuttle shares research showing that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that vampire bats have a social order similar to that of primates, and that bats have remarkable memories. Bats also provide enormous benefits by eating crop pests, pollinating plants, and carrying seeds needed for reforestation. They save farmers billions of dollars annually and are essential to a healthy planet.
Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Tuttle takes us to the frontiers of bat research and conservation and forever changes the way we see these poorly understood yet fascinating creatures.
About the Author
Merlin Tuttle is an American ecologist, conservationist, and wildlife photographer who has specialized in bat ecology, behavior, and conservation. He is currently active as founder and executive director of Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation (MTBC).
Tuttle is known for founding the conservation organizations MTBC and Bat Conservation International (BCI), and his research on gray bat population ecology migration and frog-eating bats. He is also recognized for his photography of bats.
Tuttle earned a bachelor of arts degree in zoology from Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He then entered graduate school at the University of Kansas, where he studied systematics, ecology, and evolution. His master's thesis focused on zoogeography of Peruvian bats. He obtained his Ph.D in 1974, completing his dissertation on population ecology and migration of gray bats. He subsequently published several academic papers based on his research, as well as numerous books about bats (many of which are aimed at lay readers).