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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 13, NO. 4 Winter 1995

On the Cover

The hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) derives its name from its distinctive white tipped fur, which has the appearance of hoar frost. Humans rarely get the chance to see these magnificent bats; they are not attracted to houses or other human structures, and they stay well-hidden in foliage throughout the day. They typically roost 10-15 feet up in trees along forest borders.

In the summer, hoary bats don't emerge to feed until after dark, but during migration, they may be seen soon after sundown. They sometimes make round trips of up to 24 miles on the first foraging flight of the night, then make several shorter trips, returning to the day roost about an hour before sunrise.

Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle

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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
The Song of the Mexican Free-Tail
Facts about Bats: Tales from BCI's Public Information Program
The Bat in the Hat: Flying Foxes in Australia's Children's Literature
1996 Volunteer Opportunities
Wish List
Annual Report Available
A Special Message of Thanks

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