Up to 47 mammal species occur in Hastings, and over 70 years of research have been conducted on mammals. Search and Browse the Hastings Bibliography online for scientific publications.
Carnivores include many but not all meat-eating animals, and many members of this order may have a wide diet. Known carnivores of Hastings include members of the family Canidae, Felidae, Mephitidae, Mustelidae, Procyonidae, and Ursidae.
Research on rodent species have a rich history at Hastings.
Bats are mammals that can fly, and that makes them pretty unique. We share many aspects of our basic biology with bats, but they are hard to get to know. They are active when we sleep; we can’t hear them and we can’t see in dark where bats are active. Given this difficulty, it is no wonder that bats are so subject to myths based on fear and ignorance. But once you get to know them, they are pretty interesting little companions.
First, bats should not cause any person fear. They nimble, adept fliers and far too expert at flying to ever get tangled in your hair. And a bat biting a person would be like us biting an elephant. Bats, now more than ever, are facing declines with disease like the White-nose syndrome a growing factor. We have a key to Central California Bats coming soon. A great place to see bats in Monterey County is Pinnacles National Monument.