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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 18, NO. 3 Summer 2000

Australasian Bat Conference Award

Every year, BCI sponsors an award for the best conservation paper presented at the Australasian Bat Conference. This year, the award went to Jeff Simmons, an electricity linesman who found a way to reduce the number flying foxes electrocuted on power lines.

Bats typically land on one line, then brush their wings against another, which completes the circuit and results in electrocution. Simmons discovered that by spreading electrical cables farther apart on utility pole cross arms, wider than the bats' wing spans, he could prevent electrocution. It is likely that Queensland's electric company will adopt Simmons' new cable placement recommendations, saving the lives of numerous flying foxes each year.

Jeff Simmons' recommendations for positioning utility cables will save numerous grey-headed flying foxes annually.
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All articles in this issue:
On the Cover
Ghana's Treetop Bats
The Media Blitz that Treatened Bats
Swamp Bats
Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Partners in Action
Join BCI in the East African Wilderness: A 2001 Field-Study Safari to Kenya
BCI Invites Award Nominations
Distinguished Service Award Presented to Fred Stabler
Progress in Australia
Live Action Bats on the Web
International Year of the Bat
Australasian Bat Conference Award
Student Scholarships Available
Cayman Follow-Up
BATS of the United States. 2000
New Scientific Advisors. 2000
New Editor of BATS Magazine
Masters of the Night
Wish List
The Art of Giving: Conservation-Style

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