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September 14 2012

TERRA 717: Whiteout

Whiteout explores the mystery behind the White Nose Syndrome epidemic. Since 2006, over six million bats have been infected and died from the disease. Though it is still a mystery that befuddles many scientists, it is increasingly evident that these incredible creatures are quickly disappearing from the night sky at rates never before witnessed. We follow the filmmaker as she sets out to understand the vital importance of a healthy bat population and how our fate and that of the bats are more closely related than we may think.

May 28 2012

TERRA 709: Fanihi - A Cultural Digest

The island of Rota contains the last viable population of Flying Foxes in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. This paradisiacal setting is also home to Rotanese Chamorros who have proud traditions stretching back many centuries. The Chamorro word for Fruit Bat is Fanihi and these beautiful and fascinating creatures hold a special place within the culture as a coveted delicacy. However, in recent decades bat populations have declined to critical levels because of the widespread use of guns and a heavy commercial demand for the increasingly rare delicacy. Specifically targeted to Rotanese Chamorros, this film is currently part of community based outreach efforts to increase awareness of the plight of the Fanihi on Rota.

February 17 2011

TERRA 604: Tricky Winds

Each year, wind farms kill thousands of bats. This short, animated film describes how researchers are trying to develop new technologies to protect bats from getting injured or killed by wind mills.
TERRA 604: Tricky Winds

Each year, wind farms kill thousands of bats. This short, animated film describes how researchers are trying to develop new technologies to protect bats from getting injured or killed by wind mills.
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