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Leslie Sturges

My what Grinchy eyes you have!!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I had a fantastic week because it was the last week of school before winter break! I am going to enjoy the next two weeks by sleeping late and celebrating the holidays with my family. Since it is the Christmas season, I decided to write this week’s blog on a bat that, in my opinion, looks very similar to the Grinch. It took some looking but I found an adorable critter called the Little White-shouldered bat. These bats have leaf shaped noses that resemble the Grinch’s famous smirk. They have…

Do you hear what I hear?

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am excited that Winter Break is coming soon. Sadly, I have to wait another week to get my vacation. I found a very interesting article on bats regarding their hunting strategies and how they vary from species to species. An international group of biologists set out to compare five different bat species. They studied a total of 94 bats. The scientists fixed each bat with a tiny recording device to look at their flight path and listen to what noises they made. The researchers used this information to discover where the bats found…

The lovely language of algorithms

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I’m excited because it’s almost Christmas! I found a very interesting article about a group of scientists in Uruguay who are creating a special AI algorithm that will help in identifying bats flying around! This is important because bats in South America speak different dialects than the same species in North America. So, the databases in use in North America don’t work in Uruguay or the rest of South America. This new algorithm will be able to pick up a bat’s call through a microphone and determine which species it…

Bats of the frozen north

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. My week started with my dog’s birthday. We’ve been celebrating and spoiling her all week. Yesterday, there was an earthquake in Alaska. I decided to research an Alaskan bat. I found an adorable bat called the Silver-haired bat. The Silver-haired bat lives in the temperate rain forests of Southeast Alaska. Actually, these bats live throughout the United States, including Save Lucy’s state of Virginia, and southern Canada. The Silver-haired bat has black fur all over its body except for their ears. The black fur on their back has silver tips…

Lips of bulldog, cheek of chipmunk, toe of ??

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I did because we got a snow day on Wednesday. We got about an inch of snow before it started sleeting. The wonderful people in charge decided that it wasn’t safe for us to go to school. It was wonderful! It was glorious! And then to add to the gloriousness, we got a 2 hour delay the next day! It was great! I hope everyone else enjoyed their snow days as much as I did. I was looking up interesting bat species and I found one called the Bulldog Bat.…

Scorpions, and nectar, and crickets, oh my!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! People in California have been having a hard time. They are having some really bad wildfires again. This week’s blog is dedicated to all the people in California affected by these fires. I found a handsome bat that lives in California called the Pallid Bat. I think I have written about this bat before, but it is so cute that I thought it would be nice to read about them again. This bat also lives in British Columbia all the way down to central Mexico. They also live as far…

Endangered species everywhere!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I was at the Bat Bonanza at the US Botanic Gardens last weekend. It was so much fun! There were three of Save Lucy’s bats there doing their part to teach people about how wonderful and amazing bats are. Recent events sent me on a quest to find bat news from Pittsburgh, PA. While there are wonderful bat projects going on in Pennsylvania, this project caught my eye, even if it’s from a different PSU! College students at Pennsylvania State University, KS, have been studying their local bats. The biology…

Bat Week! Bat Week! Bat Week!!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I had an amazing week because Bat Week began on Wednesday. Bat Week is an entire week dedicated to our furry little friends. In honor of Bat Week, I read some stories starring bats. People all over the world have stories, myths, and fables featuring bats as main characters. I read one fable by Aesop about a very smart little bat. All of Aesop’s fables have a moral or lesson to be learned. Obviously, Aesop knew bats were very intelligent creatures because he is the smart one in this story.…

Sympathy for the Southeast

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I had a rough ending to my week because I sprained my ankle very badly. I was viciously attacked by a tree root and my ankle did not appreciate it. Even though I am wounded, I think I had a better week than a lot of people in the southeastern part of the country. Hurricane Michael tore through the area last week and people there are still suffering. This week, I researched another Florida bat and I think I found a cute one. The Southeastern Myotis is adorable! It looks…

Bonnie bonnets in Florida

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. Mine was fun because I have a friend visiting, so I’ve been doing a lot of sightseeing. There was a hurricane in the southeastern United States this week. The state of Florida was hit very hard. This week’s blog is dedicated to everyone affected by Hurricane Michael, not only in Florida, but also in Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia. I did a little bit of research and discovered that Florida’s largest bat is the Florida bonneted bat. I wrote about this bat a couple of years ago,…