Monday, 22 October 2012

Let's Go On a Batty Adventure!

2012 is the official year of the bat

The Spark:
What's up with bats?  People have a lot of wrong ideas about bats.  Here are some examples...  Bats are blind.  Bats like to fly in people's hair.  Bats are just flying vampires in disguise and they will swoop down on you and suck your blood.  
Get the facts straight!  Bats are actually highly beneficial animals.  Bats are experts at finding food in the night.  They are nocturnal animals, a.k.a. night flyers.  Bats can see just fine.  They get around by echolocation-  they send out squeaks, clicks, and buzzes and listen for their echoes when the sound bounces back.  If you have bats around, pesky insects will stop bugging you.  Within one hour, a bat can eat up to six hundred mosquitos so don't be so quick to evict these eco friendly pest controllers.  

Bats live all over the world except in extremely cold climates.  They are crucial members of all ecosystems.  Many plants and trees depend on bats to pollinate and dispense seeds such as fruit trees and flowers.  Without bats we would have much less food to eat.  

Bat droppings, called guano, are super-rich in nitrogen, a main ingredient in plant food.  It is great for fertilizer for crops and is used in farming today.

Vampire bats don't attack humans.  They don't suck blood either.  Vampire bats in South America, bite farm animals, then deposit a substance that keeps blood flowing.  In fact, their spit may save lives.  The substance in the saliva of vampire bats that keeps blood flowing is twenty times stronger than anything else like it.  It may be able to help humans with serious health problems like heart attacks and strokes.  

Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly. 
Watch this amazing bat in flight!

Super Natural Child: Superheroes ACTIVATE!  Are you interested in bats?  Help stamp out the silly things people say about bats... help spread these important truths about bats.  Help bat populations from becoming extinct.  Your quest begins with a WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why: To help seriously declining bat populations rise.  
What:  Build a bat house by assembling a bat box kit (get your parents to help you). Help attract bats to your area.  Increase your awareness of these awesome creatures.  
Where:  In nearby nature
Who:  You, your family and friends
When:  As soon as you can get organized.  Remember that some bats migrate south.  You can set up a bat house now for the next season.
How:  Watch the video below to find out how.  

Take Action:

Build A Bat House

Increase your awareness of bats
Enjoy a Story- Stellaluna

Don't Stop Here:
Keep researching and exploring bats.  Drop us an email if you have a hunch about something.  We'll do our best to give it a whirl and we'll get back to you.  

Quest Check:  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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