The title of this book is Flying Blind. Bats are not blind, but they fly fast, ungraceful and often in an unpredictable way. I have a respect for bats just from learning this information. My movements are very much like of a bat. I did not know that there are over one thousand different species of bat. I also learned that six million bats died from a fungus called white nose syndrome. I want to learn more about bats because of this book. I am interested in finding out if bats have any scientific or medicinal value. I am sure that they do.
Don Mitchell's work created a habitat for bats in his own forest in Vermont I have never even seen a bat. I would be afraid of a bat if I saw one. I have never heard of anyone going to such great lengths to protect them. I learned that shagbark trees are the ideal habitat for bats to live in. Shagbark trees have a peeling bark and large enough cavities for bats to live in them. Mitchell cut oak and maple trees for two years just to make room for bats to roost in the shagbark trees in his forest. Mitchell spent two years pulling plants like mustard garlic and buckthorn shrubs that can harm soil and bats. I have never heard of these plants before. I really enjoy learning these facts. Reading this book is like getting a crash course in environmental science and botany. This book is an excellent memoir of one man's efforts to protect bats.
Don Mitchell discusses the rewards of being a father. His daughter, Anais, is a professional musician who wrote a song with beautiful lyrics entitled "He Did" This song is dedicated to her father's work ethic. I would love to listen to this song. Don Mitchell believes that the role of authority figures is to push people to become better individuals. His late father instilled in him a strong work ethic of getting a job done no matter what the circumstances. It is often difficult for a father to understand why his son does certain things. I can understand this theme in the relationship with my own father. He does not always understand why I like to do certain things. We have a mutual respect for each other though This book makes me appreciate all the things that my dad has tried to teach me. He has tried to teach me to work hard and to take pride in my work when I do it. I learned a little bit about bats and plants from this book. I also love the theme of the relationships between Don Mitchell and his family members.
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