We had a little fun this week getting settled into our new Green Divas HQ. In this video, we talk about Green Diva Lisa’s travels, having a relatively eco-friendly move and why I’m celebrating having bats in the belfry!
Here is an excerpt from my recent post about bats:
Important Things You Should Know About Bats
Bats & Agriculture
Bats are key pollinators in many parts of the world – over 75% of the world’s crops rely on animals and bats are an important pollinator.
Bat-dependent plants include: Bananas, plantain, breadfruit, peaches, mangos, dates, figs, and cashews. Bats also provide a wonderful source of natural fertilizer for cave ecosystems and agricultural systems as well. In some countries, bat guano has become a major business.
A single mouse-eared bat, which is widespread in North America can capture 1,000 or more mosquito-sized insects in JUST ONE HOUR!
Busting Bat Myths
Bats seldom spread disease – less than 1/2 of 1% of wild bats have rabies.
Bats do NOT want to get tangled in your hair! They have extremely good radar and will not encounter a human by choice.
In the Saumur region of France there are over a thousand miles of underground tunnels and thousands of caves, known as “troglodytes”, homes, hotels, restaurants, museums, wineries, farms (silkworms, mushrooms, snails) and even a disco and a zoo (for nocturnal animals like bats).
What makes this land so perfect for underground dwellings is its very malleable rock. 100 million years ago, this part of France was covered by sea. When the water receded, it left a layer of tufa, or tuffeau, a type of limestone that turned out to be ideal for building castles, churches and homes in the surrounding area during the Middle Ages. …read more of Cave Home in Loire is Charming Bioclimatic Troglodyte House here
The summer is rapidly approaching and so are those two weeks of vacation that you’ve been working hard for all year.
While most people are busy making travel plans to far off places, why not avoid all the lines, tourist traps, and travel times by taking your holiday a little closer to home, and call it a “Localiday.”
In our busy day-to-day life, we may not notice all of the beautiful landscape around us or have a chance to explore the natural and historical attractions right in our own backyard.
I spoke to Liz Manning of Planeterra, the non-profit founded by G.A.P. Adventures, about the sustainable travel trend. According to Manning, business is up in the sustainable travel market, despite the economic crisis.