Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a soon-to-be high 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. Rachael has been writing the Baturday News for three years.

A drawing of a bat relaxing at the beach by E Wright
A little summertime bat art to get you inspired for the Bat Art Contest (see the link below)!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am having a lot of fun on Summer Vacation! I love getting to sleep in!  I found a really cool article about bats in Georgia.

A scientist from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been doing surveys of bat populations at the Ocmulgee National Monument for two years. Although WNS has been in Georgia since 2013, it is not in the middle part of the state. Scientists are hoping that bats from the north and south will be able to find safety from WNS in the middle. One thing that I thought was really interesting how the scientists figure out how old the bats are. They shine a light through the wings of the bat and see the opacity of the joints. Another thing that I liked about the article was how the scientist describes bats. She says they look “like the mixture of little tiny bear cubs and puppies with wings.” I never thought of little bats that way, but I think she’s right.

You can read the article here.

In other exciting news, there is a bat art contest going on! I’m sure some of you already saw the post on Save Lucy’s Facebook page, but just in case you missed it, here is the link to the article explaining the contest.  The winner gets an art supplies! They give instructions on how to draw an adorable bat. I think I might have to try this one.

I hope you all have a nice week!

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