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Information, musings, and news about Bats

A Huge Thank You!
We are honored and grateful that Penn State Dickinson School of Law’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund included Save Lucy in their Year of the Bat fundraiser. They raised enough money to help subsidize adult education programs, purchase Lucy’s Club incentives, or provide 4 months of mealworms for the education bats. UPDATE December 30: We inadvertently left out the members of the ALDF’s University Park Branch. They are: Holly Moncavage, Jessica Brown, John Novak, and Jesse Baez. And we extend a huge and heartfelt Thank You to these wonderful people. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
A Batty Holiday Shopping Guide
Just in time for the holidays, and with a few hours of cyber Monday left, we present this list of great places to find batty stuff. Let your friends and loved ones know you care about them with a fantastic bat gift, and support a great organization or small business at the same time. Or send the links to Santa or whoever is most likely to bring you presents! Gifts Adopt a bat, gift baskets, wine, and other fun things are in stock at Bat World Sanctuary Bat Conservation International and our favorite bat and cave goods store have teamed…
Check out the bat art!
ISU’s Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation hosts an annual Bat Festival. An art competition is part of the festival. Visit the images here . First place is totally awesome! And remember, you can upload your own artwork right here to the I Care Project. Feel like drawing bats? Visit the art contest above for inspiration. Or send your videos, poems, essays, random thoughts to saveLucy[at]saveLucytheBat.org
Changes to Lucy’s website
We made some changes to make the navigation easier. The blog can now be accessed through the left hand menu on the home page and we added some submenus for informaiton about Lucy and about being bat friendly. We also added a Bats in the News section to keep you up to date on all the cool stuff being reported about bats. Please check out the changes and let us know if anything isn’t working as it should. Click me!
New registrants
If you have recently registered for the Save Lucy club, and find you have been deleted, please e-mail us (contact info can be found on the home page). We are getting lots of suspicious sign ups and we are deleting them as soon as we see them, but we may have deleted ‘real’ people by mistake. Please let us know if you have any trouble using the site. Thank you Lucy’s people
More bats on TV
Check out California Bat friends Cindy Myers and Project Wildlife on KUSI news in San Diego. Especially check out the amazingly adorable Western Pipistrelle in the photos. Also, check out Leslie & Sherry of Save Lucy on Voice of America here. Be sure to watch the video to see Mooch the big brown, Shaggy the red bat, and the orphan tri-colored bats, Titan and Monkey.
Bat Fest Arlington is August 27
Come see us at Bat Fest Arlington. We’re celebrating the Year of the Bat with this signature event on August 27 at Gulf Branch Nature Center. See live bats, play bat games, take a bat hike and make bat crafts. Go here for more information!
Lucy’s friends in the news!
Our friend Vicki Beckham-Smith contributed to a fantastic Georgia Outdoors segment on bats. . Learn more about Vicki and her bats on her website. Another great friend to bats, Corky Quirk, looks out for bats in Northern California through NorCal Bats. Her local public television station did a terrific special about a huge colony of bats Corky keeps tabs on. Watch it! A note from Lucy’s people…there is a lot of chatter about public radio and television, and some people have been very vocal about calling for cuts to government funding for public media. But some of the best and…
Lucy’s people in the news
The Washington Post recently featured the Save Lucy Campaign’s president, Leslie Sturges. Check it out here
International Year of the Bat
The UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and The Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS) have joined together to celebrate the Year of the Bat. We are joining our friends at Bat Conservation International to become a Year of the Bat partner. Please visit BCI’s Year of the Bat page to help celebrate bats all over the world! Special YOTB events are planned for August 27, 2011 and Save Lucy is proud to announce that Bat Fest Arlington will be a YOTB dedicated event. Please come see us at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia…
Where have we been??
It’s been a long time since we updated Lucy’s blog, and we apologize. Spring and summer are very busy times for some bat people, especially bat rehabilitators. In the mid-Atlantic, where Save Lucy headquarters is located, bats start pupping (having babies) in late May and through June. Unfortuntately, baby bats sometimes fall from the colony, or the entire colony is disturbed by a predator, which causes pups to fall. Usually mother bats rescue their pups after dark, but if something has happened to the mother or the colony abandons a roost site, pups become orphaned. Caring people who find orphan…
New paper shows just how important bats are to agriculture
According to the US Geological Service “Pest-control services provided by insect-eating bats in the United States likely save the U.S. agricultural industry at least $3 billion a year, and yet insectivorous bats are among the most overlooked economically important, non-domesticated animals in North America…” Read the full press release here

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