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Maybe just a little spritz will do?
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! It’s been a hot one! I have some news about a treatment being developed to treat White Nose Syndrome. Since 2006, White Nose Syndrome has been killing more and more bats in North America every year. The Little Brown Bat alone has had more than 90% of their populations wiped out. The fungus has been moving west ever since and has now infected bats in 32 states. Luckily, there is some good news. Scientists already know that it is possible for bats to develop immunity to WNS. It has already happened…
California Screaming
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! Unfortunately, I have some bad news to share. DNA from the fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome has been spotted in Californian bats for the first time. The fungus was sampled from four Little Brown bats in Plumas County near Lassen Volcanic National Park. This is devastating news. There are 25 different species of bats living in California. Of those, there are six that have been known to fall victim to White Nose Syndrome in other states. These are the Little Brown Bat, the Big Brown Bat, the Cave Bat, the Long-legged Bat, the Western Long-legged Bat, and the Yuma Bat. There…
Greetings from Germany!
[The long wait is over! Blogger Rachael is back! We couldn’t be happier. –Ed.] Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am so sorry that I wasn’t here for these last few blogs, I had a wonderful time in Germany though. My battiest adventure in Germany was when I got to go to Altena Castel. This castle is home to a bat colony. Sadly, I was not able to see the bats. Since I was in Germany, I thought I would write about a German bat. I found an adorable long-eared bat called the Bechstein’s bat.…
Little bats, little bats, how do you grow?
We know you all are missing Blogger Rachael very much, but in her absence we thought you could make do with a post about the orphans and what they’ve been up to! We currently have 17 orphans at headquarters, with another 12 at our Fairfax outpost. Currently, they are all big brown bats, but pup season isn’t over yet! In addition to orphans, we’ve had 6 pups born to mother bats who are with us for rehab. Most bat pups come in extremely dehydrated, thin, and covered with mites. They are often only a few days old and very, very…
Spiders…yum!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some news to share. Early this school year, I was part of a school exchange program where a girl from German came and lived with my family for a few weeks. This time it’s my turn to visit her! Unfortunately, this means that I will be missing the next few blog posts. I promise to tell you all about my trip when I get back. I have more big news! The first bat pups of the season have arrived! While it’s sad that these pups need to be…
A graph from the research paper discussed in the blog post. I shows acceleration in 3d spave during 3 types of bat activity.
Hey! Can we tag you?
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some exciting batty news! Scientists have figured out a way to study the echolocation of bats. By studying bat echolocation, they are learning about how bats hunt for food. Researchers created a new bat tracking tag that is modeled after tags used to research aquatic animals like porpoises. The new tag is lightweight and perfectly sized for a bat. Bat researchers have already started using the sensor to test how bats pick and choose a target, how they fly up to their prey, and how they catch their…
A phoyograph showing the face of a freetail bat
10,000 Mexican migrants descend on Phoenix every year! 😉
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some fun news for the people living in the Phoenix, AZ area! Later this month, 10,000 Mexican free-tailed bats will make their summer migration. Every year, these bats make the same trip to the same flood-control tunnel in Arcadia, AZ where they will have their pups. If you do go visit the incoming colony, please respect their space and keep back from them. The Arizona Fish and Wildlife department has put up signs on the fencing around the tunnel to teach people about these amazing bats. If you…
A photograph of gray bats hibernating in a clump (called a cuddle). Photo is taken inside a cave where bats hibernate. Photo by Cory Holliday.
There’s a little gook on your fur…
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I have some really big news to share with you guys this week! Scientific researchers have reported that they are working on a new vaccine for bats that will combat White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a disease caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. The fungus grows over the bats’ faces and wings during hibernation, which causes the bat to wake up prematurely and lose a majority of their fat reserves. This disease has killed around 7 million bats in the United States since 2006.* Scientists worked on two…
Colorado Cuties
 Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. My thoughts are with the people of Colorado right now, so I thought I’d write about a bat from there. I found an adorable species called the Long-legged Myotis. As their name suggests, Long-legged Myotis bats have longer legs than other Myotis species. This is because they have a slightly longer tibia, which is the long bone in your leg. Like most other Myotis species, such as the Little Brown Bat, these bats have light brown to chocolate brown fur covering most of their body. They also have hair growing…
A beautiful illustration of a trident bat. This group is undergoing taxonomic revision, so it's hard to find photos of exact species. Illustration by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_trident_bat#/media/File:Triaenops_persicus_illustration.jpg
May the Forth be with you 🙂
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. It was a sad week for Star Wars fans because the actor who played Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, passed away on April 30. In his honor, I found an adorable little bat that looks like Chewbacca. The Rufous Trident Bat looks similar to our beloved Chewy. This bat has long, silky, reddish brown to gray hair. They have a complex nose leaf, which consists of a big curved leaf in the center with extra, smaller flesh structures surrounding the middle. They also have small ears, which help give them their Star…
A phoyograph showing the face of a freetail bat
Spring Surprises!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! Save Lucy has been getting lots of new bats. There have been a few interesting ones. There is a new Brazilian Free-tailed bat! Remember little Freda and Freddy? Now there is Nog. Nog is adorable and he is named after the nice Ferengi on Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine. With his big ears and his adorable face wrinkles, he’s a perfect little Nog. There is a sweet female Big Brown bat. She spent the winter with Save Lucy and is now very healthy. She is healthy enough to be released…
Sanctuary!
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! Some of you may have seen the incredible news on the Save Lucy Facebook and Instagram pages, but something very exciting has happened! Save Lucy has a Little Brown Bat! Sadly, she has serious wing damage because of White Nose Syndrome. But it’s exciting to see her because Save Lucy hasn’t seen a Little Brown Bat for several years. Save Lucy doesn’t typically name their bats because they always work towards releasing them. But, since this is the first Little Brown Bat in such a long time, I think she…

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