Bats in the United States Army
by Daniel Vliet on 06/19/13
Many Military Installations are also places were
endangered animals are; one such endanger animal is bats.30 years ago Military
Installations were far out of the way places; and now time has caught up with
that. Now, places get survive without the bases around them. Unfortunate; this
industrialism effects the littlest amongst us; and that is the bats. There are
45 kinds of bats in the world; 6 kinds are almost gone.
The current superheroes of bats are; Engineer Research and
Development Center Environmental Laboratory it is in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The ERDC has a sidekick they are Construction Engineering Research Laboratory,
in Champaign Illinois. Many installations have done Bat
Fauna survey, the last survey that were done on bats was in summer 2004.Their
are 20 bases that have some of the endangered bats; some are the names of the
endangered bats are, Indiana Bats and Gray Bats. Fort Knox, Kentucky
they did a 3 year study, the studied what happen to bats when there is a lot of
noise and what that does to their eating behavior. Fort
Knox, Kentucky has six active tank
ranges, because Fort
Knox; is where army
trains tankers; Tanks fire 120 millimeter tank rounds. The Bradley M2A3,
fighting vehicles fires 25 millimeter rounds. All these different degrees of
loud noises effect bats, including choppers and the good old 50 caliber machine
guns. The technology used to research bats is such a device called Anabat Two;
it is the ultra sonic bat detector. This device is used to pick up bat
language. The language is interrupted by computer software, the Anabat Two and
computers work together. This Technology has a hard tome telling bats apart
from their shrieks. A Thermal Infrared Camera is used to look at bats, it has a
Bats are very lucky to have “Engineers” looking after
them. This is the end of summary on this article.
1)“Bat Men: Scientists Help protect Bats on Military
Installations”; Ms. Stefanie A. Gardin, Engineer, the Professional Bulletin of
Army Engineer, October-December 2004, PB 5-04-4.