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Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Photo: 2005, New Mexico’s Wondrous Carlsbad Caverns At Sunset




I have been a fan and observer of bats

Since my childhood days, now long ago

I’ve spent many a sunset in their company

In northern areas and down in New Mexico


I recently traveled to a small northern cave

I have been visiting this one, for many years

I always enjoyed observing its bats at sunset

But on this journey, only empty skies were here


Millions of bats in the Northeast and in the Midwest

Have already perished from ‘White-Nose Syndrome’*

These mammals will be sorely missed by human beings

For eons, they kept insects in check, on our earthly home


A single bat could consume 1,000 insects, in a single night

Their favorite food was a pesky insect we call the mosquito

Without these bats, many more humans, will be getting sick

Mosquitoes are spreading West Nile Virus, wherever they go


I sat outside this cave at sunset, no longer seeing my bat friends

A sense of sadness at their absence soon filled my heart and soul

So much has changed for the worse, since I arrived on this planet

I now rarely see many of the wonders of nature that I saw long ago



*White-Nose Syndrome is a poorly understood disease associated with the deaths so far of at least 6 to 7 million North American bats. This condition, named for a fungal growth around their muzzles and on their wings, was first identified in a cave in New York in February 2006. It has spread very rapidly since then, and as of today, it has been found in over 115 caves and mines ranging throughout the Northeast and the Midwest, and it is already killing bats as far south as Alabama, as far west as Missouri, and as far north as Canada.


And 1,600 U.S. cases of West Nile Virus, including 66 deaths, have now been reported through late August this year, the highest human toll reported since this mosquito-borne disease was first detected in our nation in 1999. The toll is now quickly rising partly because these bats are now dying, and "we think the numbers will continue to rise," says Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.


I recently traveled to a small northern cave,

I have been visiting this one for many years;

I always enjoyed observing its bats at sunset,

But on this journey, only empty skies were here.



©An Extremely Sad August Sunset in 2012, Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/1/2012
timely, hopefully something will be done before we lose the last one,

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 9/1/2012
Such sad enlightenment *Mr Ed*
We should all pray for them...

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 8/30/2012
A sketch of tragedy. So few people even think of these things. Thanks Ed.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 8/30/2012
Mr. Ed ~
Bat's are our super hero's. I hope someone finds a cure soon ~

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/30/2012
It's too bad that we can't determine what's causing the disease and, with a way to fight it. I think that there will be bats that are resistant and survive. If they do, they can repopulate those caves very real quickly. At least that's my hope. We all need to put up more purple Martin houses and encourage swallows to make their nests in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes. They do a lot of spraying around here.

Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 8/30/2012
I've never seen a bat in Hawaii but I have heard many stories of bats in the S Pacific and the mainland. You gave me a new outlook, Ed ...
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 8/30/2012
Monsanto and gang will find a cure don't you think, I love those little creatures too, one by one, from one species to the next, since we've been interfering with our poisons and way of treating this world, from bees, to birds falling from the sky, etc, etc, the only thing that is really still striving and going strong, is the profit margin, bless ya, for writing for your,and our friends.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 8/30/2012
Yes, I knew the bats consumed mosquitos but did not
hear about WNS...Thanks Ed!

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 8/30/2012
We've lost most of our bats here in Canada too....however we still have one little guy in our back yard at sad what's happening to nature....

Reviewed by Laura Fall 8/30/2012
Truly a deep and meaningful write as always your poetry touches the reader Laura
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 8/30/2012
How perfectly awful! And, most will think
I'm nuts, but I don't care I have also
rescued little bats (wearing thick gloves)
and brought them home. One did not want
to leave and kept flying inside my house.
Cats loved that, so I had a little heart
to heart talk with the bat and told him
he was being suicidal with my cats!

I also visited Carlsbad Caverns many
times and loved to watch them fly out
at night. Since I was close and lived
in California.

I do hope a cure is found for this
white nose syndrome :(

Keep me updated please.

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