My daughter is going to love this one! October is Bat Appreciation Month, so I thought I would find out a few things about bats. Here are a few basic facts:
- Bats are the only mammals that are able to fly.
- A single brown bat can catch up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects per hour.
- Fewer than 10 people in the last 50 years have contracted rabies from bats.
- Bats use echolocation to get around in the dark.
- The largest urban colony of an estimate of 1,500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats summers under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas ten blocks south of the Texas State Capitol.
So, take some time and learn a little bit about our furry flying creatures. It would be a fun Halloween project.
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- Zooniverse Birthday! – Bat Detective (daily.zooniverse.org)
- Aquifer protection funds at center of bat cave debate (mysanantonio.com)
- Bat travel in three bat weeks! (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Karma’s a Bat. (sitdeskwrite.com)
- Bat Bombs (wickedworkshopsblog.wordpress.com)
- Mosquito Consumption by Insectivorous Bats: Does Size Matter? (plosone.org)
- Amusing Vampire Bat (jokespunsandfunnystories.wordpress.com)
- Arizona is home to 28 species of bat (thenewstribune.com)