Directed by Kristin Tieche,
Student 10:20, USA
The Invisible Mammal tells the story of the struggle that bats face to survive, specifically in North America, where white nose syndrome is causing sharp decline in populations of certain bat species. The film also addresses issues like climate change and habitat destruction, and the role that humans must take to save bats from extinction. In the first episode of The Invisible Mammal, we meet Corky Quirk, The Bat Rescuer. Corky is the founder of NorCal Bats, an organization that provides care for injured bats and educational programs for libraries, schools, nature programs, fairs and other events throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education. She is permitted through the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the USDA.
In the film, we visit the Yolo Causeway, a freeway overpass located outside of Sacramento in California’s Central Valley, where a colony of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats live in the summer and hunt insects that would feed on surrounding agriculture.