A Bat for Mrs. Brown

A photo of a cave myotis face.
A lovely little cave myotis. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I had an awesome one because it was my spring break. I got to sleep late every single day!

It was nice to be able to relax and not have to get up early for school. But, I think I’m lucky that I get to go to school. There are a lot of people who aren’t so lucky. One girl who fought for the right to go to school was Linda Brown. Ms. Brown passed away this week at the age of 75, but when she was only 9 years old, she became the center of a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Linda Brown was the brave little girl who fought for her right to go to school. Thanks to Linda Brown and her case, Brown vs. the Board of Education, all kids in this country have the right to go to their neighborhood schools. So, in honor of that little 9-year-old girl and the many others like her, I researched an adorable little bat from her home state of Kansas.

 There are 15 different species of bats that live in Kansas. The Cave Myotis bat is a medium sized bat. It has brown or black fur on its back and lighter fur on its underside. This little bat has short, pointy ears. The adorable Cave Myotis bat is true to its name and loves roosting in caves. They will also live in mines, rock crevices, abandoned buildings, barns and even under bridges. If the bats can’t find a cave to rest their wings in, they have been seen snuggled up in swallows’ nests. Despite the fact that these little bats live in caves they have been very lucky and have not suffered the effects of White Nose Syndrome.

These bats live in Kansas, Oklahoma, central Texas, southern Nevada, along the Colorado river in southeastern California, and south from Mexico to Honduras. Their diet consists of insects like butterflies, moths, and beetles.

The Cave Myotis bat does not like living around humans and will abandon their roosts if they feel disturbed by human activity.

If you would like to read more about these beautiful little bats, you can find information here and here.

I hope everyone has a happy Easter! And I hope the Easter Bunny visits everyone and leaves you all lots of tasty treats.

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