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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of September 5, 2011.
This week we feature a musical selection that reminds us of a nightly aerial duel between predator and water-based parasite. Have a listen for about 35 seconds.
You’ve been listening to part of “Little Brown Bats Eating Mosquitos,” performed by Timothy Seaman on his 2004 CD “Virginia Wildlife,” from Pine Wind Music. Mosquitoes, which breed in a wide variety of still-water habitats, are well-known for their unrelenting whine and their biting habit, which is annoying at best and disease-spreading at worst. On the positive side, however, mosquitoes are food for a variety of animals, including other insects, fish, birds, and—as reflected in the title of this song—bats. Little Brown Bats, found throughout Virginia as well as in most other states, emerge at dusk to hunt for various kinds of insects. At two-to-four inches in length, these bats may be little, but their ability to catch and eat as much as half their body weight each night gives them a big, valued reputation as a natural control on mosquitoes.
For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463. From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.
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Water Meetings and Other Events
For events related to Virginia's water resources, please visit the Quick Guide to Virginia Water–related Conferences, Workshops, and Other Events, online at http://vwrrc.vt.edu/VAConfQuickGuide.html. The site includes a list of Virginia government policy and regulatory meetings occurring in the coming week.