Learn About Bats!

We would like to demystify bats so that you’re not so scared of them. Bats are more afraid of you then you are of them, as is true of most animals. Bats are a nocturnal animal. They sleep, hanging upside down so they can fly. Bats are the only mammal that can fly. Unlike birds, bats cannot take flight from the ground. They must fall from a high perch and take flight while falling. Bats hang upside down when sleeping. When ready to fly, they drop from the branch, open their wings like a parachute, which gives lift, and they can start flying.

Different types of bats eat different foods. The fruit bat, as in its name, eats fruit, while Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat,  also known as the bumblebee bat, eats insects. The little brown bat eats insects, too. The main two categories of bats are the fruit bats, and insect bats.

Echolocation source :Arizona State University
Echolocation source: Arizona State University

Bats have a sixth sense called Echolocation. Similar to sonar echolocation, used by submarines. They make sounds and listen to the echoes, to figure out distance, speed, density, and size of the objects around them.

There are almost 1,000 bat species found in the world. One bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in 1 hour.
Some bats hibernate and others migrate.On post image is a very little brown bat. A big problem for little brown bats is that they have a case of white noose syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a syndrome that infects the small bats and can kill them. Scientists have not come up with a cure for the poor brown bats. To learn more about  White Nose Syndrome go to National wildlife bat site.



22 Comments Add yours

  1. Ilana Klamka says:

    Awesome, informative website.

  2. Esther says:

    Great photos of bats and really interesting. Thank you!

  3. Okay-you have done the impossible. You made me interested in bats. Thanks for the interesting information and perspective.

  4. Julie Shaffer says:

    This site is beautifully designed and very informative. I have seen bats, but never knew much about them. I have been a bit afraid of them, but with all I have learned I feel much more at ease. Thanks for teaching me all about bats .
    Good luck!
    Julie Shaffer

  5. debbie slovut says:

    Very fascinating how they take flight. They must have a lot of self confidence to just let go of a back and fall knowing they will fly.

  6. Sonia Rahman says:

    I found your content very thought provoking on various fronts. During your research did you happen to come across why they can hang upside down for long periods of time without damage to their brain but humans can’t ?

    Thanks for an enjoyable and informative read!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Wow. Did not know they drop into flight. Cute little buggers.

  8. Olivier says:

    Nice, responsive, and well laid out……but next time could you build a site about puppies, I find bats really ugly and scarry.

    1. Fll team says:

      I like your comment. Maybe you should read our “Bat Myths” post and you won’t be scared of bats anymore:)

    2. Fll team says:

      I like your response. Maybe you could read our ‘Bat Myths’ post and you won’t be afraid of bats anymore 🙂

  9. Monica Sageman says:

    Your website has taught me so much about bats. I now know that I shouldn’t be afraid of bats. I think it would be a good idea to encourage bats to come to my neighborhood to eat some of our mosquitoes. Thank you for all of the great information you shared on this informative website.

  10. Jim sullivan says:

    I did not know bats are such voracious eaters! I wonder if they are helpful in areas here the Zika virus is prevalent?

  11. Diana D'Angelo-Wolff says:

    Wow, I wonder if they ingest a mosquito with the zika virus if they get it. Great information by the way.

  12. John Paul Jones says:

    Sounds like bats are our friends! Now I need to build some bat houses!

  13. David says:

    Great Site! Very interesting. Go Beard Bots.

  14. Sue G says:

    This is a fascinating site. I didn’t know bats can’t take off from the ground.

  15. hope drandoff says:

    Fascinating and well written article. Thank you for all thus information. Great website as well, with beautiful pictures.

  16. I am so impressed that you chose Bats as your subject to inform the public as you are right….they are a mystery to most of us and therefore, we are a bit uneasy with them. So you think that Bats mysterious habits are the reason there are so many scary stories about bats? I have had some personal experience with bats. They came into our house through the chimney when we lived in Michigan . The first time was pretty scary. We had to figure out how to get them out humanely. We turned on all the lights in the house, they didn’t like that then, we opened all the doors and windows, it was dark outside…, we watched and waited…..and out they flew. Love your project!
    Aunt Barbara

  17. Dr Park says:

    I am so impressed with all the work the students put into the bat party web page. I liked the set up with each category having a photo and intro info. I think it really worked to have each section continue with “read more”. The design kept the page well organized and easy to look through. The web page made me want to read more about each section. The sections “learn about bats, threats, myths, and building a bat house” were informative and covered a great deal of good to know information. I am glad I now know how to build a good bat house. I also enjoyed the party sections, throwing a bat party, food, supplies crafts and games. The photos with these sections were fun and inviting. The web page had a good balance of facts about bats and information on a bat party. The page was easy to navigate and invited the reader to learn more.

    Overall this was a well done web page project. This page represented a great deal of research, hard work and organization. It was an effort clearly created by a group of concerned young scientists. Excellent job!

  18. Theresa says:

    Excellent article. I really enjoyed it and learned several interesting things.

  19. Sharon B Schramm says:

    Great website! If you haven’t been there yet, you should go see the “bat cave” in the Cincinnati Museum Center.

    But I still find bats a little creepy.

  20. Brian says:

    Thanks for the informative site. We could use some more bat’s in MN to take care of all the mosquitos.

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