New research sheds light on how bats use echolocation for hunting and maneuvering in the dark, sometimes crowded spaces. When bats hear another bat calling, they minimize their own echolocation, researchers coined this behavior "mutual suppression". As a way to support bats in your community, consider installing a bat house: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-feature-bat-houses/.
YardMap and The Nature Conservancy are excited to announce a partnership that will take YardMap to its next phase over the coming months: Habitat Network. Powered by the Cornell YardMap platform, the Habitat Network will be the same great application with
Habitat Network is a tool to develop a closer relationship to your property and community. If you take the time to create a detailed map filled with habitats and objects, our Planning Tool (http://content.yardmap.org/learn/planning-tool/) will provide you with insight on what you are doing well and new things you could consider trying to help wildlife. You may just see your landscape bursting with new potential. Map it, we'll do the rest.
On May 27th, the EPA and the U.S. Army released a new Clean Water Rule that more clearly defines protections under the Clean Water Act. The new rule focuses on streams, floodplains and isolated wetlands like prairie potholes and vernal pools that are part of the "significant nexus" of current jurisdictional waters. Vernal pools are seasonal and lack breeding fish populations. They are the only habitat many amphibians can successfully reproduce in.
Evidence mounts that wildlife suffers in fragmented developments. Property owner can play a role in filling in these gaps. The plant in our yards, how we maintain landscapes, and the habitat features we add, help wildlife access valuable resources. At Habitat Network we've written about the importance of habitat connectivity: http://content.yardmap.org/learn/habitat-connection/.
This week's map highlight is an international gem from Nova Scotia. Over 50% of the property is forested providing access to essential food and nesting resources for native wildlife. The property supports clean water with an extensive storm-water management system that helps purify before it entering on-site ponds. To see more of this site, login to Habitat Network: http://app.yardmap.org/map/L5119412