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A bonanza of bat education!
Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a good week! And I hope you all had a happy and spooky Halloween, filled with lots of treats. I am sure the bats all got a few extra mealworms to celebrate. I had a great time at the Botanic Gardens’ Bat Bonanza last Saturday. There was a great turn out and the bats were fantastic! If you didn’t know it was little Nog, the Brazilian Freetail bat’s first time doing a table show, and he handled it like a champ! Flip and Curly the Big Brown bats also enjoyed being able to…
Exceptional aging?
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am excited to announce that Bat Week will officially start tomorrow, October 24th and end on the 31st. To celebrate this wonderful week, The Botanic Gardens in Washington DC will be holding its annual Bat Bonanza on October 26 at 10AM. Save Lucy will be there with some educational bats, so please stop by to see us if you are in the area. I found an interesting article about the lifespan of mammals, specifically bats. When the size of an animal increases, its metabolism slows down, and its lifespan…
Strangely adorable
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am happy we have a long weekend. Since its almost Halloween, I decided to research “strange” bats. I guess my definition of strange is different than others, because my research led me to one that that is more adorable than strange. It’s called the Banana bat! Banana bats are tiny bats that only weigh about 4 grams. They have brown fur all over, that is lighter on their stomachs. Even though these bats are called Banana bats, they don’t actually eat bananas! Banana bats mainly eat soft insects like…
Lucky horseshoes!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some great news! Greater Horseshoe bats are returning to Kent England! This is very big news seeing as these bats are very elusive and rare. They have been living in Britain and northern Europe for a long time now and have just been found in the east of England for the first time in 115 years. These bats live in underground caves, tunnels and in abandoned buildings. There are only 12 known isolated Greater Horseshoe bat colonies in England, with an estimated 35 breeding roosts. No one has…
It’s all chalk and mirrors!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am excited because this Sunday, the 29th, there will be a NatureFest at Runnymede Park in Herndon, VA. There will be many stations around the park where you can learn about butterflies, bees, and many more nature themed booths. And of course, there will be bats! Save Lucy the Bat will be at Booth 23! The event is free and open from 1-5 PM. If you’d like more information, please visit the park’s website. While reading about batty news, I found an article about an experiment that was published…
Reduce, Reuse, recycle for bats!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some good news for Indiana bats in the Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area in Arkansas. They are getting a new home! The only known Indian bat maternity roost in Arkansas was found in the area earlier this year, but the tree the bats were roosting in wasn’t healthy and researchers were afraid the tree might come down in a storm. Indiana bats are endangered, so obviously something had to be done. Researchers decided to provide new roosting sites for the bats. They are using old utility…
Trouble in the heartland
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. And I hope you had a very happy Friday the 13th! I have some sad news. The fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome was recently detected in North Dakota for the first time. It was found on a little brown bat just inside the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site boundary. It is important to know that the fungus was found, but not the disease WNS itself. This means that North Dakota will be joining Wyoming, Mississippi, and Texas as another state where the fungus has been detected, but…
When you’re happy and you know it, so’s your friend!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! And I hope everyone affected by Hurricane Dorian is safe! I found a really interesting article about bat brains to share with you this week. Recently researchers conducted an experiment pertaining to the research of bat brain waves. By putting wireless neural recording devices on bats’ heads, researchers were able to show that the bats’ brains sync up during social activities. Whenever bats were together, whether they were grooming, mating, or fighting, their brain waves matched. Researchers hope that the study will help show why people with social and neurological…
Save the batcave!
Hi everyone! I hope you all have had a good week. I enjoyed my first week of school, but I am looking forward to this long weekend. I read an article about a very rare bat that lives in Cuba. The Greater Funnel-Eared Bat was believed to be extinct until a colony was found in 1992. Now it looks like the one cave that they call home is in danger. Despite the fact that these bats used to live throughout Cuba and the surrounding islands, they are now listed as an EDGE (Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered) species. In order…
International Bat Night–celebrate local!
Hi everyone! I hope you all ha a good week! I enjoyed my last week of summer vacation. Sadly, I will need to get up early starting on Monday. But, good news! This is my senior year! I am happy to announce that Bat Fest Arlington will be held tonight, August 24th! It will be held at Gulf Branch Nature Center, in Arlington, VA. The festivities will start at 6:30 PM, and end at 9 p.m. There will be live bat shows presented by Save Lucy’s very own president, the wonderful Leslie Sturges! Mrs. Sturges will bring bats that are…
Well, a backpack is better than a fanny pack!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I’ve had a wonderful past couple of weeks because I was on vacation in Maine and Quebec. There has been a new study from the University of Helsinki, where researchers working along the shores of Lake Turkana in Sibiloi National Park in Northern Kenya attached mini satellite tags to desert bats in order to better understand their lives. Researchers attached 1g GPS devices to yellow-winged bats to follow their movements. Yellow-winged bats are one of the few desert bats in Africa that are large enough to carry the recorder without…
A photograph pf a flying Barbastelle bat
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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some news out of Flintshire, Wales. People working at the County Hall in Mold have been seeing some adorable bats flying around since 2010. The building was meant to be demolished; however, something must be done about the bats first. Wildlife experts were called in and they found at least 13 roosts, and saw at least 26 bats. About 20 of them were found on the sixth floor. Sadly, one of the pipistrelles was found stuck in a flypaper trap. Luckily, the glue was able to be washed…

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