Bats: Shadows in the Night

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Crown Publishers, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 30 pages
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Best-selling author ( "A Natural History of the Senses" ) and naturalist
Diane Ackerman takes a beguiling look at the complex world of the bat--one of
the most varied and mysterious of animals. Ackerman describes a visit, with
distinguished photographer and bat expert Merlin Tuttle, to the Big Bend
national park area of Texas where she observes the nightly emergence of over 20
million bats from Bracken Cave and helps track them for study. In addition to
conveying the experience of observing, handling, and studying bats firsthand,
Ackerman relates information on a variety of bat species, as well as feeding
and reproduction habits, the remarkable sonar they use to navigate and hunt,
their migration and hibernation patterns, and their role in the ecosystems they
inhabit. More than 50 spectacular color photographs enliven this distinctive,
informative, and accessible addition to the natural history shelf.

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Ackerman uses real photography to show habits and characteristics of bats. With these real-life photographs students can really see the many different types of bats and compare and contrast their ... Read full review


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Diane Ackerman was born on October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois. She received a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Poet, author, educator, adventurer, and naturalist, she tries to bridge science and art in her writing, exploring questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the fabric of the world. She has written many books of poetry including The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral; Wife of Light; Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems; Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire; and I Praise My Destroyer. Her nonfiction works include A Natural History of the Senses; A Natural History of Love; The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Crocodilians, Penguins, and Whales; An Alchemy of Mind; and On Extended Wings. She also writes nature books for children including Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. She is coeditor of a Norton anthology, The Book of Love. Her essays about nature and human nature have appeared in Parade, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazines. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses. She received the Orion Book Award for The Zookeepers Wife. Her other awards include the Abbie Copps Poetry Prize, Black Warrior Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize, Peter I. B. Lavan award, and the Wordsmith award. She has taught at a variety of universities, including Columbia and Cornell.

Tuttle is the founder and director of Bat Conservation International, an organization dedicated to the protection and study of the world's bats.

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