Tuesday, January 10, 2017

4H ~ Bats

Last night, I took the kids to 4H and we learned about Bats.  We found out that there are currently 8 different species of Bats that live in the New England area.  Of those 8, 6 are deemed endangered or near extinction.  The two species that are currently thriving are the Little Brown Bat and Big Brown Bat.

Little Brown Bat

A few things that we learned:

  • Bats are nocturnal and use echolocation to communicate and to find food.
  • Bats hibernate from October to April and usually hibernate in caves.
  • Bats eat insects and are good to have around
  • Rabies in Bats is rare.
  • Baby Bats are called pups.
  • Bats hang upside down because of their legs.  The legs of a bat are small and too weak to be able to fly from a standing position.  Bats drop from their perch to fly.
  • Bats migrate south for about 6 months and back to their winter home to hibernate
  • Bats in New England are dying at an alarming rate due to White Nose Syndrome.  
Next month at 4H, the kids will be making Bat Houses for the moms and pups :)

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