Pat Shingleton: "Other Falling Objects and Bats Needed"
Yesterday we mentioned fish-falling-from-the-sky in Marksville. In 1956, Fay Swanson noticed a Philippine monkey flopped over her clothesline in San Mateo, CA. Authorities determined it did not fall from a passing plane. Other October events include a three-pound, foot-long white marble cylinder hitting a farm in Waterville, Ohio. Wallace Baker reported that an 18 inch-long chain landed on his bulldozer in Missouri, in 1959. Grady Honeycutt, no relation to Leo, fishing on a five acre lake in North Carolina, reported a luminous sphere, moved through the sky, dropping to the water near his boat and disintegrating. Ivar Quigley experienced a glittering object falling from the sky in Killarney, Ireland. It crashed, causing a three foot hole next to the Golden Nugget Pub.In closing, as we enjoy cool, chilly, nights, it takes some super-cold temperatures to whack the mosquito larvae. The National Wildlife Week is a resource that interprets the impact of weather on wildlife and suggested that south Louisiana could use a few more bats. LSU Coach Paul Mainieri has lots of ‘em but what we need are brown bats that eat 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. The bats also eat beetles and moths that are agricultural pests. The California leaf nosed bat grabs beetles, crickets and grasshoppers at ground level. Fruit bats comprise 30% of the bat population and if you like tequila, these bats pollinate agave. Seeds dropped by bats account for 95 percent of forest re-growth.