A celebration of bats!

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a high school student, bat advocate, and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Rachael has been writing the Baturday News for over three years.

a photograph of lacy the hoary bat
A portrait of Lacy the hoary bat. Photo by Kim O'Keefe

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I had a great week because it started with Bat Fest Annandale. I had a lot of fun! It was great to see some of you all there. Some of the people there said they were going to start reading my blog, so welcome to all my new readers.

I hope everyone who went to Bat Fest had a good time. Mrs. Sturges taught everyone about our local bats and white-nose syndrome. Then we all got to see some of Save Lucy’s resident bats. First, Poppy the red bat made an appearance. She didn’t stay out very long because she was a little fussy. She did get some juicy mealworms, so I think she was happy. Then we got to see Lacy the Hoary bat. She ate some juicy mealworms too.

We also went outside to look for bats. We used bat detectors to listen for them. I had the privilege of getting to hold one of the detectors. We saw a couple of red bats flying around catching bugs. We also might have seen a tri-colored bat and a big brown flying around. It was exciting to see all of the bats, but I thought it was especially exciting to see the tri-colored one. Tri-colored bats are suffering horribly from WNS, so it was nice to see one flying around.

I hope everyone has a nice week.

[Editor's note: Rachael is being far too modest--she is going to be famous! She's a member of the Bat Squad. a group of young people who advocate for bats. The squad will be featured in webcasts scheduled to broadcast during Bat Week 2016. Check out the preview!]

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