Bats

 

Big Brown Bat | Pallid Bat | Vampire Bat | Hawaiian Hoary Bat |

Fruit Bat | Gray Bat | Additional Links | Streaming Video | Teacher Resources

 

Hawaiian Hoary Bat

 

Hawaiian Hoary Bat  - see a photo and learn about this endangered bat, also called the `ope`ape`a, which is the only native land mammal of Hawaii!

 

 

Pallid Bat

 

Endangered Species: Pallid Bat  - get facts about this rare mammal and find out why it's at risk.

Pallid Bat: Antrozous pallidus  - facts about what this bat eats, where it lives, and how it acts.

 

Big Brown Bat

 

Big Brown Bat - Eptesicus fuscus  - brief description and drawing of this animal from the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)  - facts about this medium size bat, its habits, and its distribution in Texas.

Big Brown Bat - University of Michigan  - tons of info on how this bat lives.

Animal Facts - Big Brown Bat  - explore this animal's habits and history and see what one looks like!

Big Brown Bat Coloring Page  - print and color this common bat.

Big Brown Bat - Ohio Division of Wildlife  - facts about this bat found throughout North America.

 

 

Vampire Bat

 

Desmodus rotundus (Common Vampire Bat)  - features geographic range, characteristics, natural history, and more on the common vampire bat. For advanced readers.

Creature Feature: Vampire Bats  - brings you fun facts about vampire bats plus a photo, video, and audio section, from National Geographic.

 

 

Gray Bat

 

Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens)  - see a photo and learn about this endangered bat from from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

Fruit Bat

 

Wild Ones: Rodrigues Fruit Bat  - see a close up photo and learn about this special flying fox, also known as Pteropus rodricensis.

Rodrigues Fruit Bat  - brief list of facts about this flying mammal also known as the Rodrigues Flying Fox.

Yak's Corner: Rodrigues Fruit Bat  - read about this cute bat species and see an illustration.

Flying Fox  - gives a description of this species of fruit bat and its behavior.

Black Flying Fox  - look at a close-up picture of this fruit bat.

Flying Foxes in Australia  - read about over sixty different kinds of bats in Australia. Includes photos and a sound clip of a flying fox.

Spectacled Flying Fox  - learn about this fruit bat's appearance, diet, social behavior, how it got its name, and more.

Indian Flying Fox  - facts about this bat's appearance and characteristics, with a photo.

 

 

Additional Bat Links

 

Bats  - educational resources about bats for students and teachers.

Bats In Australia  - interactive guide from the Australian Museum.

Bat Conservation International  - determined to inform people of the vital role bats perform in maintaining our fragile ecosystem.

Adventure of Echo the Bat  - track Echo as he migrates through Arizona in this interactive adventure using remote sensing tools.

Bat Conservation Trust  - aims to stop further declines in bat populations and aid the recovery of threatened species in the United Kingdom.

Bat Quiz  - a short quiz to test your knowledge of bats.

Organization for Bat Conservation  - OBC is dedicated to protecting all bats through education, conservation, rescue, and ecological research.

Introduction to Bats  - tons of bat facts and photos from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Includes info on the six species of bats protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Bats: Creatures of the Night  - get facts about these flying mammals and see how they navigate in the dark.

Desert USA: Bats  - includes information on habitat, life cycle, physical description, habits, and more.

Aerodynamics of Bats  - learn how bats fly on this site from the Aeronautics Internet Textbook

Batty About Bats Kid's Page  - cool facts about bat anatomy and how they are beneficial to people.

Bats: Misunderstood Creatures  - let some eighth graders teach you all about bats! You can learn about the book Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel while you're here, too.

Bat World  - serves as an indoor sanctuary, rehabilitation center, and an educational center about bats, all in Mineral Wells, Texas.

All About Bats  - learn about the only mammals that can fly, discover what echolocation is, and find out how to build a bat house.

Wild Lives: Bat  - get a quick fact file, picture, and information about this animal's physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, predators, and more. Includes little-known facts from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Bat Hunt, The  - article about bat researchers' attempts to determine the populations of different bat species in Yosemite National Park.

The Indiana Bat  - check out this creative bat report by third graders in Cannelton, Indiana. It includes a fun quiz, bathouse building info, an interview with a bat expert, and more.

Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society Inc.  - learn how this organization is helping out bats and read about flying foxes.

Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge  - learn about this Vian, Oklahoma refuge in the Ozarks that was originally set up to protect bats.

Stellaluna's Friends  - check out this collection of bat research from students all over the world and inspired by the book Stellaluna. Presented by Mrs. Silverman's Second Grade Class.

Hinterland Who's Who: Bats  - information from the Canadian Wildlife Service on bat behavior, diet, life cycle, and more.

Bat Video  - watch as thousands of Malaysian bats leave their cave to hunt at night. From Geographia.

Bat Quiz  - test your bat knowledge and explore links to other bat sites.

California Bat Conservation Fund  - organization trying to save California's shrinking bat populations.

Animals: Bat  This resource, from The New York Public Library Digital Gallery, features a collection of 46 images of various types of bat. This collection can be found in the Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection at the Mid-Manhattan Library.

Scientists Fill Blanks on Bat Family Tree  In this National Geographic News article, read about the evolutionary history of bats. Researchers are hoping to fill in the blanks left by the bat fossil record, which is only 40% complete.

Journey of the Nectar Bats  In this article, from the National Wildlife Federation Web site, author Michael Tennesen writes about the nectar bats' annual migration from Mexico to Arizona and how the bats habitats are being threatened.

Bats Follow Ultraviolet Light to Nectar, Study Suggests  In this National Geographic News article, read about a color-blind bat native to Central and South America that uses ultraviolet light reflected from native flowers to locate the nectar-rich blooms.

Hi-tech Bat Detector Sheds Light on Shadowy Species In this National Geographic News article, read about new technology used to survey bat populations. The AnaBat bat detector uses a voice recognition system that monitors and records echolocation calls, which are beyond human hearing.

Photo in the News: Baby Bats Babble Like Human Infants  In this National Geographic News article, read about how baby bats may amuse themselves by babbling.

Can Bat Spit Save Lives? In this National Geographic Kids News article, read about how bat saliva may help save lives. An anticlotting substance found in vampire bats' spit could be used to help stroke patients.

Nature Quest: Bat Reputation
With this resource, from the National Wildlife Federation Web site, students learn the truth about several bat myths.

Bats This interactive quiz, found in the Aeronautics Internet Textbook, complements a textbook section on bats. Students answer 25 questions and can check their answers as they go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streaming Video

 

Jeff Corwin Experiende:  The Bats  Find out why farmers in Queensland, Australia, are waging war against flying foxes—giant fruit-eating bats. Watch Jeff rescue one victim of the conflict. And investigate the effects of a deadly bat-borne virus

Teacher's Guide 

 

Animal Profiles:  Bats  We are pleased to announce our Animal Profile series. This is one of the most comprehensive animal video series available today. Representative examples from the mammal, snake and bird classes are filmed in their natural habitat at the Washington Park Zoo and the Oregon Wildlife Safari. This extensive Animal Profile series provides for curriculum enrichment in science, social studies, language arts and reading as well as multi-grade level use.

Curriculum Standards  

 

Magic School Bus:  Going Batty When Ms. Frizzle invites the class's parents in to see what their kids are learning about bats, Ralphie and the gang are convinced The Friz is a vampire! With Tyne Daly as Ralphie’s mom; Eartha Kitt as Keesha’s grandmother; Elliot Gould as Arnold’s dad; Dana Elcar as Phoebe’s dad; and Edward James Olmos as Carlos’s dad.

Curriculum Standards

 

Night Stalkers  A silent predator stalks its prey under cover of night. Swooping down with speed and precision, its unlucky victim may never hear it coming. Travel to the Central American forests of Belize, enter the real-life world of these elusive creatures of the night and take a look at some amazing carnivorous bats. Not content with tiny insects, these winged meat-eaters seek out larger prey, including birds, frogs, and even other bats. These silent hunters are more than just predators. They live in complex social structures and can be devoted parents. Visit the dark roosts of bats where infrared technology reveals their underworld colonies. This spectacular foray brings new light to the usually dark and mysterious realm of the night stalkers.

Curriculum Standards

 

Teacher Resources

 

Comparison of Bat and Bird Wings  In this activity, from the Aeronautics Internet Textbook, students will compare the wings of bats and birds using photos. After comparing, they will make out of origami paper and straws the wings of a megabat, a microbat, and a bird.

Where Bats Live In this lesson, from The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook, students draw and label a world map to show where different kinds of bats can be found. This page features the lesson steps to follow, vocabulary and teacher prep information.

 

 

 

 

Links updated 9/20/06