Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a middle school 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 the wild colony for years.

A lovely photo of a small-footed bat. We thank the Arizona Herp Society for the photo. Check out their flikr stream here
A lovely photo of a small-footed bat. We thank the Arizona Herp Society for the photo. Check out their flikr stream here.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice week. Since Friday was September 11th, I thought it would be nice to write about a bat that lives in New York. A lot of the bats they have there are the same kinds of bats we have here in Fairfax, VA. A couple of them are different. One of them is the Small-footed bat. I don’t think any of them live around here. It’s really cute! It’s New York’s smallest bat and weighs less than a nickel. The Small-footed bat has a very black face mask, just like a raccoon. It also has black wings. It has long, glossy fur and tiny little feet. During the summer, it roosts and raises its young in rocks, cliff faces and road cuts. It also likes to roost in concrete bridges. During the winter, it roosts in caves. I found this website that lists a few more NY bats in addition to the Small-footed bat. Check it out here.

In other news, Bat Fest Annandale is this weekend and it’s sold out! It’s going to be a great time. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to make it. There will be more!

I hope you all have a good week!

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