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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 12, NO. 4 Winter 1994


ON THE COVER

AUSTRALIA'S spectacled flying foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) are important pollinators and seed dispersers of mature hardwoods in the tropical forests of Queensland. The colorful black bean tree (Castinospermum australie) shown here is a highly prized hardwood used for veneers. During the day, camps of these large bats are filled with noise as individuals jockey for the best position high in the treetops of the rain forest or swamps. Camp sizes vary from hundreds to tens of thousands. One young is born to each female between October and early December.
Over the last 200 years, more than half of Australia's northern forests have been cleared, leaving natural habitat for these magnificent animals greatly reduced and fragmented.

PHOTO BY MERLIN D. TUTTLE

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All articles in this issue:
ON THE COVER
Conservation Initiatives Ensure Continued Progress
You can help
A Binational Partnership to Protect Mexican Free-tailed Bats
THE MAGIC OF MULU
A Model for Conservation and Education
BCI Field-Study Workshops Expand to Pennsylvania
COSTA RICA ADVENTURE
Join Us in Costa Rica for Another Adventure
Research Begins on Bat Friendly Bridge Designs
Student Scholarship Program Expanded
Annual Report Available
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