Bats of Florida

Cynthia S. Marks and George E. Marks

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"An invaluable, readable, and usable authoritative reference to Florida bat biology, ecology, conservation, public health, and identification. Anyone who has an interest in this unique group of mammals will wish to have a copy."--John H. Fitch, Florida Bat Watch

"Well-written [and] illustrated . . . celebrates the symphony of adaptations of these creatures of Florida's night skies. The photographs and drawings . . . provide clear tools for identification; history, folklore, and ecology are blended to form a most readable guide."--Jerome A. Jackson, author of In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Florida is home to 20 of the more than 1,000 bat species worldwide. Cynthia and George Marks have created an informative guide that captures both the mystique--and the true nature--of the feared and revered bat. They carefully describe each of Florida's bat species, including its foraging methods, range, roosting habitat, reproductive behaviors, and echolocation--the process by which bats use sonar to navigate and capture insects in the night sky. This first book dedicated solely to bats in Florida features color photographs of each species, along with numerous black-and-white photographs, drawings, tables, charts, range maps, and an illustrated key for identifying Florida species.

Cynthia and George Marks have more than 15 years' experience working with the state's flying mammals and have cared for and rehabilitated hundreds of injured and orphaned bats. Founders of the Florida Bat Conservancy in 1994, they also help building owners safely remove bat colonies from their premises. Their book offers an objective view of bats and human health, dispelling misunderstandings and separating realistic concerns from exaggerated fears. Bats of Florida also reveals the intriguing stories behind the unoccupied bat tower at Sugarloaf Key and the successfully occupied University of Florida bat house, the largest sanctuary of its kind in North America. Describing how, when, and where to watch for bats, the authors also advise how to conduct bat walks.

For anyone curious about these fascinating creatures of the night, Bats of Florida provides a thorough, authoritative, well-illustrated guide to their life and lore.

Cynthia S. Marks is cofounder and executive director of the Florida Bat Conservancy. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and the Northwest Florida Environmental Conservancy and is chair of the Florida Bat Working group. George E. Marks is cofounder and president of the Florida Bat Conservancy, a statewide conservation organization. A former member of the Audubon of Florida board of directors, he is an expert in the acoustics of bat echolocation.

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"A valuable addition to any natural history library and a great way to learn about a group of creatures about which most of us know very little."
--The Lakeland Ledger

...answers all the questions commonly posed by the excellent reference…a useful introduction to bat ecology and the species of the Florida peninsula.
--Bat Research News

…engaging and well-written…an excellent general resource for anyone interested in learning more about these intriguing creatures.

…very readable…an excellent general resource for anyone interested in learning more about these intriguing creatures.
--National Speleological Society news

… the best single reference on Florida bats you will find.
--Sabal minor: Newsletter of the Florida Native Plant Society

"A welcome edition that compliments other boooks on bat fauna and provides a compilation of updated information on the state's bat fauna." "As the state continues to lose its natural habitat at a rapid rate, this volume may be an even more valuable resource by providing information on bats in buildings, bat house construction, bast and human health, and bat watching."
--Quarterly Review of Biology

…a thorough, authoritative, well-illustrated guide.
--Florida Trail Footprint

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