‘Green’ is Sometimes Mean

My work was holding a ‘Bat Night’ a while ago. There was a guest speaker who came in with a slide show presentation and some mist nets to catch bats.

Through this slideshow I learnt that Green Windmills are a major cause to thousands apon THOUSANDS of bat fatalities. Most people dont think much of bats because you tend to see them as some sort of flying mouse.

Bats are mammals, like humans. They are sensitive to air pressure changes. When we scuba dive, or fly in airplanes we need to stabilize the air pressure or the results may be fatal. That being said, these windmills are so massive that when thet turn they create their own votex were the air pressure is unstable.

So when the bats fly near the windmills,they appear to get ‘stuck’ on the outer end of the blade. Which is very odd behavior. Researchers found that the bats, due to the air votex of the mills are getting sucked in and are hemeraging internally Which kills the them.  This is  unfortunate, because the mills are a source of green energy so no ones is going to vote in favor of these poor bats and get rid of the mills.

Reserachers have also tried various techniques to keep them away, trying to jam their echoelocation and flashing lights the bats dont like. but nothing seems to do the trick. I found this scary because bat populations around the world have decreased almost 100%, In 20 years, bats may very well be extinct.

There may be some bat researching in my future…


Interesting New Read

I began reading this book I had somehow ‘stolen’ from my old high school library. I have no memory of even taking it out, but i wound up in my own personal library none the less. I started reading this book yesterday morning, i’m already more than half way done! I can seem to put it down, I havent been this way with a book since (unfortunatly) the Twilight series. Which for the record, I read way before it became a franchise.

So this book is about a city split into a bunch of different areas, there’s Uglyville, New Pretty Town and Crumblyville (or something). Tally is three months away from her sixteenth birthday, three months from being pretty. Her BFF Peris has already had the operation and is living in New Pretty Town. One night after Tally snuck into town to see Peris she met a girl named Shay. They became pretty close over three months. Shay would always say that she doesnt want to be pretty because thats what society WANTS her to be, she would rather stay an Ugly for the rest of her life. So a week before Tally and Shays operation, Shay bolted for a town called the Smoke. Were people choose to stay ugly forever.

Now I can tell you anymore because if your planing on reading this book, I’ll spoil a whole whack of it. I’m really enjoying this book so far. I’m quite happy that I finally have a new series to read!