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California Leaf-nosed Bat

WARNING: Bats are susceptible to rabies, a serious viral disease that results in death if untreated.  Rabid bats rarely attack humans or other animals, but bats found lying on the ground may be rabid.  Never touch or pick up any bat.  Stay away from any animal that seems to be acting strangely.  If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal, you must immediately consult a doctor.

California Leaf-nosed Bat

The California Leaf-nosed Bat is the only bat in North America, north of Mexico, with large ears and leaf-like projection on the nose.  It roosts by day, usually fairly close to the entrance of a mine tunnel, in small groups of up to 100 bats, which do not touch each other.  This species cannot crawl on thumbs and toes like most bats, but instead often dangles by one leg from a mine tunnel's ceiling, which it can cross in a swinging stride, using its hind legs alternately.

Abandoned mines house significant colonies of bats, many of which include threatened and endangered species. Bats are important and valued members of the environment; they can eat up to half their weight in insects each night and are instrumental in pollination and seed dispersal. Because many natural bat habitats have been disturbed or destroyed, bats have found new homes in abandoned mines.  Bat Conservation International, the BLM, the Forest Service, FWS, and National Park Service have partnered to help protect vulnerable bat species in abandoned mines.

After dark, this species drops from its perch into flight.  Leaf-nosed Bats eat various insects, including some flightless forms, such as crickets and some beetles, which they probably detect as they hover, swooping down to seize them from the ground. After feeding for about an hour, they retreat to their night roosts in a sheltered area.  They do not hibernate.  Male California Leaf-nosed Bats occupy bachelors' quarters in July and August, soon thereafter joining the females for the mating season.

These bats hibernate in caves or mines where the temperature is 54 degrees F or cooler, but normally above freezing favoring well ventilated areas.  If the temperature near the entrance becomes too cold they may move deeper into the cave to gain stability.  Maternity colonies are usually located in warmer parts of caves and during the maternity period males appear to be solitary.  Although no long distance migrations are known, like many bats they return to the same roost each year.   Western populations of this bat are stable however eastern populations are endangered.





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Rasor Road Mega-phone / the Mojave desert mystery

Desert grave of Delores Holland at Rasor Road, Near the old RR town of Crucero

Mystery jet fighter fuel tank found at Rasor Road

Old wells at Rasor Road

Soda Dry Lake off of Zzyzx Road at Rasor Road California Desert. The Mojave Road crosses though it.