When I first contacted Jan Pape, the skepticism in his voice was palpable.
A farmer of domesticated American mink (Neovison vison) since 2001, he’s used to having his work sensationalized in the public sphere with some regularity. So asking to come to his farm with a Nikon in hand meant I had to build a modicum of trust.
When most people hear the word “pollinator,” and “pest controller,” the first thing to come to mind isn’t a little nocturnal, furry, flying animal. Nonetheless, bats and an often-overlooked species in conservation that perform vital ecosystem functions.