Bats (animals)

Brown Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A dead bat found in a Tisbury home tested positive for rabies last week, the town board of health confirmed. Health officials said there is little cause for concern.

Northern Long-Eared Bats Are Confirmed Year-Round Residents

BiodiversityWorks long suspected northern long-eared bats were sticking around the Vineyard during the off-season. Now the group has proof.

Vineyard Bat Tests Positive for White-Nose Syndrome

A northern long-eared bat on the Vineyard has tested positive for white-nose syndrome, a condition that has decimated bat populations on the mainland.

In Search of the Elusive Bat Hibernacula

The first phase in a study of Vineyard northern long-eared bats has shed light on roosting behavior, but left a key question unanswered.

Volunteers Needed for Vineyard Bat Survey

Northern long-eared bats need help. If you see bats on the Vineyard, you are invited to complete a BiodiversityWorks survey about Island bats.

Vineyard Is Safe Haven for Bat Colony

On the mainland, northern long-eared bats are quickly becoming rare sights as they fall victim to a disease called white-nose syndrome. The disease has never been documented on Martha's Vineyard. The bats here are safe, at least for the time being.

Local Bat Study May Lend Insight to Regional Crisis

The bat detector sputtered and crackled from its post along Middle Cove Loop at Long Point Wildlife Refuge. It hadn’t yet made the telltale repeating noises that occur when an echolocating bat flies by, but by the time wildlife monitor Luke Elder returned to collect the device in the morning, numerous sonar squeaks had been recorded.

Vineyard Girl Goes Batty in Boston

Growing up on the Vineyard, I long ago came to terms with finding wildlife in my house.

Ticks, spiders, mosquitoes and moths in summer; mice (both in traps and scurrying across dining room floors) in the winter. Once, a pair of baby raccoons camped out in our yard. Had I opened the backdoor, they would have waddled right into our dining room.

But no amount of Island insects, rodents, or bugs could have prepared me for the Cambridge bat.


It’s All About the Pollinators

Felix Neck and Sharky’s Cantina are working together to educate people about the connection between what they eat or drink and the natural world around us. For example, bats pollinate the cactus and agave plants that tequila is distilled from, so without bats, there would be no margaritas.