Bats in the United States Army : The Ballad of a Kaleidoscope

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 heat censor.

 Bats are very lucky to have “Engineers” looking after them. This is the end of summary on this article.

 Work Cited

 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.

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