Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a 7th grade student and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Her family cheerfully hosted this wild colony for years.

Hi Everyone! I thought it would be nice to have a bonus blog this weekend. Yesterday was Bat Fest and it was a lot of fun. It was nice to see some of the people who read my blog. It was especially nice to meet TMC.  I just want to say hi to him and I loved his bat costume!

Learning about bats
Learning about bats

Bat Fest was a great opportunity to learn about bats. Everyone learned about how awesome bats are and why we need them. I really loved seeing a video of a bat catching a moth. The video showed how a bat does a somersault in the air so it can wrap around the moth. We also got to meet Buzz for his public debut. His is a really cute big brown bat who weighs 20 grams. He did a really good job for his first public performance. Tinybat also made an appearance for the second talk and got to eat a lot of yummy mealworms.

Naturalist Tammy leads a bat walk. Three naturalists, armed with three bat detectors, let the crowd eavesdrop on bats
Naturalist Tammy leads a bat walk. Three naturalists, armed with three bat detectors, let the crowd eavesdrop on bats’ echolocation calls.

It was fun to go outside and look for bats with the bat detector. We were very lucky and found a few flying around the parking lot. They were happily catching bugs.

I took some pictures of Bat Fest. I hope you like them. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet the bats and learn about them. I hope you all had fun.

(We want to thank the staff and volunteers of Hidden Oaks Nature Center, the volunteers from other organizations, Keith and Connor from Tropicalbats, Save Lucy board member Chris, blogger Rachael and her mom, and the Save Lucy fans who came to see us and the bats for a wonderful 10th Bat Fest Annandale. –Ed.)

Bat humor!
Bat humor!
One of the fun bat crafts!
One of the fun bat crafts!

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