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Sleep All Day, Stay Out All Night. No Wonder Kids Love Bats!

About Bats

Read Keep Texas Wild's Hanging Around with Bats. Can you tell the difference between a myth and the truth about bats?

Kids' Cave Bats Conservation International (video, quiz, bat mask, etc.)
Amazing Bats of Bracken Cave, National Geographic Kids
Mexican Free-tailed bats, National Geographic video

National Geographic's Wild Detectives "Caught on Camera,"  See a night vision camera in action including bats flying in a dark cave! (from their menu, select Wild Detectivies and the "Caught on Camera" segment)

 

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 Francisca Free-tail, Frankie for short, squeezed her way through hundreds of thousands of winged hands and clawed feet feeling her way along the wall of the cave. Calling out her own special call, she listened for her mother's answer. She sniffed the air hoping to detect the sweet aroma of her mother's milk, but smelled only the musky odor of her fellow pups." So begins the story of Frankie, the Free-tailed Bat. Download this book  (spanish edition) and discover the world of bats through Frankie's eyes! 

 

Echolocation

A fun video about bat echolocation.

Seeing with Sound! CBS news video. Learn about 14 year-old Ben Underwood, blind since a toddler, who has learned to "see" using his own version of echolocation!
Science in action – see how researchers tested Ben's skill on this YouTube video.

How Bats Fly

How to Fly Like a Bat: Science News for Kids
Bat flying in a wind tunnel: Scientists study how bat wings work. It's not like a bird!

Go Batty!

Make an origami bat

Read Stellaluna and then try this project.  

Keeping It Wild

Bat Habitat Hunt
Now that you know what kinds of things bats need in their homes, go outside and find three places where bats could roost near your home or school. What is good about those habitats? What is bad about them? Many species of bats are now rare because humans have destroyed their habitat. How can people help bats?

Build a Bat House!
With the help from an adult, build a simple bat house


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