WNS Has Been Confirmed In WA

I am very sorry to have bad news, but I thought I should tell you that I found out this morning that White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has spread to Washington State (WA). It was publicly announced on 3/31/16, and this is the link to that article. The fungus was confirmed in the Little Brown Bat at North Bend WA. WNS is traveling very fast across the country, and I hope that we will find a way to stop it before it is too late.

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The Philippine Tube-Nosed Fruit Bat

The Philippine Tube-Nosed bat (Nyctimene rabori) I think is very pretty and like nothing I have ever seen. It has a characteristic of having a wide dark stripe down the center of its back. The Philippine Tube-Nosed bat, is only found in the Philippines on the three specific islands of Cebu, Negros, and Sibuyan; however, there has only been one record of a sighting of this bat on Cedu. This bat is endangered and has a very small population. The Philippine Tube-Nosed bat is about 14.2 centimeters long, wingspan of about 55 centimeters, and its nostrils are about 6 millimeters long. The Philippine Tube-Nosed bat’s fur is pale and golden brown on females, but on males it is much darker. This bat lives in lowland forests, and roosts in vegetation and hollow trees. The Philippine Tube-Nosed bat eats mostly wild figs and is thought to eat other local fruit. Here are two articles to go to if you want to lean more about the Philippine Tube-Nosed bat.

Even my Mom thinks this bat is cute!

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Batty Books!

These are all of my batty books that, you might want to read with me!

Read:

America’s Neighborhood Bats: Understanding and Learning to live in Harmony with them, by Merlin D. Tuttle. This book is a must have for any bat lover. Merlin D. Tuttle, is one of the reasons that people know and care about bats. This book is very good, it tells you about different types of bats and how to interact with them.

Beginner’s guide to bats, by Kim Williams, Rob Mies Donald, and Lillian Stokes. This is a good book for information on a specific type of bat. This was my first bat book, I got it from Oregon Caves.

The Bat Scientists, by Mary Kay Carson. This is a good book for people who do not know a lot about bats, it has amazing photos throughout the book.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bats, by Rose Houk. This is a very quick read, but it has some pretty good information about bats; I recommend it for people who do not know much about bats.

Currently Reading:

Bats of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, by Kenneth N. Geluso, J. Scott Altenbach, and Ronal C. Kerbo. I am currently reading this book so I will not give a recommendation yet.

Bats: a World of Science and Mystery, by M. Brock and Nancy B. Simmons. This book is wonderful, it is a complicated book about bats but is definitely one of my favorites!

Hanging with Bats: Ecobats, Vampires, and Movie Stars, by Karen Taschek. I have not read very much of it yet but it is interesting.

Bats of the United States, by Michael J. Harvey, J. Scott Altenbach, and Troy L. Best. This book is very interesting, it has some basic info on bats, and a few specific types of bats.

Bats of Colorado, David M. Armstrong, Rick A. Adams, Kirk W. Navo, Jerry Freeman, and Steven S. Bissell. This is not a book but a magazine, I have not started reading it yet but it looks good!

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals, by Merlin D. Tuttle. This is Merlin Tuttle’s most recent book, and I have just started reading it. It’s already so exciting!

Bats of the United States and Canada, by J. Scott Altenbach, Michael J. Harvey, and Troy L. Best. I have not started reading this one yet because of all the other ones I am reading right now! It is about the diversity of the bats in the USA and Canada, and some overall info on bats.

The Ghost Bat

The Ghost bat (Macroderma gigas) is the largest member of the false vampire bat family (Megadermatidae). I think that Ghost bats are really adorable! These bats live across Australia, from rainforest areas to more arid areas. They mostly roost alone, and they eat small animals or large insects. Ghost bats are named after their whitish head, ears, wing membrane, and nose; their fur is also whitish. These bats have no external tail, but they do have a large tail membrane. I first found out about these bats when I watched this video about Patrick, who is a Ghost bat. I found an article from ARKive about these bats,  I also found another good article. This bat is pretty “Bat-tastic” in my opinion. Enjoy!

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Baby Bats

I thought that we should have a blog post just about baby bats! Besides being absolutely adorable, the bats mother can smell their baby out of a colony of thousands of other baby bats. Baby bats have to survive being put up on the roof of the cave by their mothers and not falling down, because if they do it is certain death. Enough of the sadness, here are some extremely cute baby bats to look at. This is an article  from Mental Floss about a clinic for baby bats and make sure to watch the video!  I hope this post made your day!

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My Favorite Bats!

I would LOVE to share some of my favorite bats with you. Here are some of them:

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Trinidad Dog-Like Bat

The Trinidad Dog-Like Bat, which for a long time was confused with the Lesser Dog-Like Bat, probably because they look alike and are in the same species. The Trinidad Dog-Like Bat roosts in rotten logs and hollow trees. For more information on the Trinidad Dog-Like Bat go to this link.

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Eastern Red Bat

The Eastern Red bats are beautiful and they are definately my favorite bat. They are very wide spread and some even live in the Bermuda islands. The males fur is red orange and the females fur is chestnut with white tips. If you want more information on the Eastern Red bat then go to this link.

 

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Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

The Mexican Free-Tailed Bat is the state bat of Oklahoma and Texas. Mexican Free-Tailed Bats and Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats are the same bat but with different names. The reason they are called Free-Tailed bats is because there tail bone goes past the tail membrane, so part of the tail is free from the membrane. I saw hundreds of thousands of these bats fly  out of Carlsbad Caverns National Park at dusk. It was also the night of the total lunar eclipse of the supermoon this fall. It was not only spectacular because of the eclipsing moon, but because it was the first bat flight I have seen out of a cave. If you want more information about the Mexican Free-tailed bat go this link.

I know I will think of a lot more bats that I love but these are the ones I love the most. I hope that you will love these bats species as much as I do!!