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Bat Conservation in Costa Rica
A. Why bat conservation is important
B. Factors influencing the declination of bat populations
1. Increased agriculture
2. Urban Development
3. Improper bat control efforts
C. Bat species found in Costa Rica
1. Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba)
2. False vampire bat (Vampyrum spectrum)
3. Sucker-footed bats (of the genus Thyroptera)
4. Yellow-shouldered bat (Sturnira mordax)
II Conservation strategies
A. Educational Programs
B. Conservation Programs
1. increased data collection
a. Use of bat detectors
b. Use of mist nets
III Biological and Economic Importance
B. Rabies/ health issues
D. Insect control
Bat C.R.E.W. Rabies and Health Information. Available from the worldwide wed. http://www.batcrew.com/frameset/fr--set.htm
Fenton, M. Brock. Bats. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, c2001.
Jacobson, Susan K. (edited by). Conserving Wildlife: International Education and Communication Approaches. New York: Columbia University Press, c1995.
Kunz, Thomas H., and Paul A. Racey (edited by). Bat Biology and Conservation.
Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.
LaVal, Richard K. and Bernal Rodriguez-Herrera. Conserving Costa Rica's Bats: A New Program Takes 110 Bat Species Under its Wing. Bat Conservation International. http://www.batcon.org/
Mori, Scott A. Bat/Plant Interactions in the Neotropics. The New York Botanical Garden. http://www.botanypages.org/mori/batsplants/introduction/intro.htm. Last updated: Wed 07/21/2004.
Organization for Tropical Studies. List of Mammals at La Selva Biological Monitoring Station. http://www.ots.duke.edu/en/laselva/species/mammals.shtml.
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