Spring in Louisiana: Love in the air, bats in the gym!

A pencil drawing of the face of a freetail bat by Julie Bossinger
A beautiful portrait of Freda, the first and only freetail found in central Virginia. Art by our dear friend and supporter, Julie B.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have been very busy with school and I’m looking forward to my three-day weekend.

Recently, Franklin Junior High in St. Mary Parish in Louisiana has become a home to some fuzzy creatures. This is after Zachary High, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Gueydan High in Vermilion Parish became home to colonies of migrating Mexican free-tailed bats. A United Bat Control Owner went to Franklin Junior High to have a look. She says that it is most likely that the bats wanted to keep warm as they migrate north from Mexico to their spring homes.

The bats decided to take up residency in the school’s gym. To protect the bats and the students, school was closed on the 14th and the 15th. School officials might have to close the school on Monday too, if they can’t get the bats out. Right now, their plan is to close all of the school’s doors and windows while the bats are all out hunting for tasty bugs. Then, before the bats come in again, they will seal up any openings to make sure the bats stay out in the wild where they belong.

If you would like to read more, you can do so here.

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