Friday, September 28, 2012

Bats! The Big Bug Scourge of the Sky!

For some reason, this is always the first thing that comes to mind when I think of bats...
After finishing the unit study on birds, our next flying creature of the fifth day was the bat. Olivia, to my surprise, really enjoyed learning all about them. She was fascinated by their wings (which are essentially webbed hands) and their use of echolocation to catch 600 bugs an hour.

Olivia demonstrating how a bat's ears are made so it can hear really well.
 When she found out they eat mosquitoes, she immediately asked when we were going to get some in our yard. We went out each night for a week to try to observe the bats in our neighborhood, but didn't see a thing. Then, the whole family took a walk one evening and, right at twilight, we saw them everywhere! Unfortunately, they are extremely hard to get a picture of... 

I think one of our spring projects will be to put a bat house up in our backyard.

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