B-A-T

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What do you study on international bat day?  Not baseball!  Bats, the Chiropteran kind.  These furry mammals make up 25% of the world’s mammalian diversity…Yes 25%!  Crazy and yes, we had a lot of fun activities celebrating bats on this Toddler Tuesday. We sang and signed “b-a-t” to 3 blind mice:

B-a-t, B-a-t,

Flies at night, flies at night

Scooping up all the bugs in flight,

Working real hard to the first morning light,

I’ve never seen such a glorious sight as

B-a-t!

We looked at silhouettes of different sized bats…see how my tots measure up to the Malayan Flying Fox:

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We took a field trip to see little brown bats that have nestled into our nuthatch boxes:

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We read a cute story about a bats perspective called “Daft Bat” by Jeanne Willisdaft bat

and then we stood on our heads and looked at their perspective on life. You know why they hang upside down don’t you?  My toddlers do!

We ended the class with making these  fabulous paper flying foxes.  They actually flap their wings and hang upside down!

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Have I ever told you that I love my job?

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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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