Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a 6th grade student and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big browns bats that use the outside of her home for a winter roost. Her family has cheerfully hosted this wild colony for years.

A drawing of bat mothers with pups

Since the weather has been getting warm, bats have been forming maternity colonies to raise their pups. And because of that, it’s a great time to spot bats. The people at the Save Lucy or the Delaware Bat Program will train you on how to use bat detectors to find where the perfect bat spotting location is and how to do a proper count at a maternity colony. Bat spotters who are monitoring maternity colonies need to get at least one pre-volant count at their site, so you’ll need to learn how to do that. The pre-volant count period is between May 15 and June 21, so it has already begun. By the way, pre-volant means before the year’s bat pups start flying around. They need a count of bats that fly out from the roost. Once again, if you would like to help please contact Save Lucy. It sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

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