Gone Batty

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October is international bat month so we went a little batty yesterday. We sang songs, played games and looked at bat anatomy inside and out!  We even dressed up like bats:

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We talked about the differences between birds and bats.  Did you know that bats do not have a keeled sternum like birds and therefore lack muscles to jump off the ground into flight.  They have to drop into flight; hence the hanging upside down behavior!

The 10 am class read Janell Cannon’s famous Stellaluna but I learned it was a little bit too long for some of my little attention spans, so for the second group we read Bats at the Library by Brian Lies:

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We made bats for our craft:

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Once the glue dries they hang upside down from their string.  Too cute for words!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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