Bats and Academics: How Do Scientists Perceive Their Object of Study?
This is the title of a new article that was just published in PLOS One (here) by Christophe Boëte and Serge Morand. The article (based on results from an international survey of bat biologists) suggests that many bat biologists have reached certain conclusions about what the risks to bats worldwide due to environmental change are and that the key next step is communicating this information to the public.
I think this is the key point (see below) that is worth consideration. This conclusion is not surprising but is extremely important. However, what is the most effective way to communicate this information? Reaching out to school-aged children (k12) seems to be one of the focal groups as are students in classrooms of bat biologist but is this the ideal way forward? Twitter and other online forums are great but I think people usually communicate with like-minded people.
I highly suggest giving the article a look and I would be keen to know what people might suggest a proper response to the author's 'call to action' might be!
|Educational poster on bats from Bat Conservation Trust in the UK (here).|