“For the Bats” is a two-song, benefit EP by the duet, The Dwindlers. Poet, Michelle Seaman, and bassist/composer, Benjamin Dauer, began this project after learning about a disease called White Nose Syndrome (WNS). This project has taken years of care and research. The Dwindlers wanted to find facts, spend time with bats, and interact with compassionate, practical scientists. Through this process they learned:
● This disease has killed 5.7 to 6.7 MILLION bats in North America since its discovery in 2006
● Bats are vital pollinators for fruit, chocolate, and flowers
● Many bats eat insects and help to keep insect populations balanced
● Half the bats in the U.S. are listed as rare, threatened, or endangered
● Worldwide bat populations are declining
● "WNS has affected the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) most severely, but has now been documented to affect all six northeastern hibernating bat species” (www.caves.org/WNS
● Leslie Sturges, current President of the Save Lucy Campaign and founder of Bat World NOVA, has been working vigilantly with her staff to educate people about WNS and to support research that protects bat populations (www.savelucythebat.org
On this EP, the songs “Hibernacula” and “Winged Angel Child,” blend poetry, mythology, and science with electroacoustic, ambient music. They are songs focused both on the beauty of bats and their current struggles with White Nose Syndrome.
The songs are for sale individually for $3.00, or you can buy both songs for $5.00. ALL PROCEEDS will go to the Save Lucy Campaign. Yes, all of it.
The Dwindlers encourage you to spend this little bit of money now to preserve things that you may take for granted every day. If you like bananas, peaches, avocados, guavas, chocolates, or if you like to sit outside without an excess of bug bites, you may want to support the care and preservation of bats. Plus, Michelle and Benjamin think that bats are amazing, and these gentle creatures need your help!
from For the Bats
track released May 1, 2012
vox: Michelle Seaman
music: Benjamin Dauer
Imagery kindly provided by these wonderful folks via Creative Commons licensing.
Devin Underwood, Hannah Richards, Marc Carlson, Luna Calquin, Enrico Nunziati, Vineyard Adventures, Wendy Dooldeniya, Martin Pickard, Barbara Rich, Santos, Robyn Lee, G Mundo, Vicki, & the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters.