Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a high school student, bat advocate, 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 over three years.
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I would like to wish Sir David Attenborough a very happy birthday. His birthday was earlier this week. He is famous for his work in broadcasting, specifically his wonderful nature shows. He did a few shows on bats and they were all amazing!
Now, I am afraid I have some bad news. Some of you may have already seen this on Save Lucy’s Facebook page earlier in the week, but I thought it was so important that it should be mentioned again. A second bat has been found with White Nose Syndrome in Washington state. The bat was found last month in King County, WA. They identified the bat as a Yuma myotis.
Yuma myotis is a common bat in the western United States. Since we don’t have them in the east, I wanted to know more about them. They are quite cute (but really, what bat isn’t?). Depending on where they live, they are different colors. Some are dark brown and some are tan. Their fur is short and dull and they have pale fur on their tummies. This is the first time that WNS has been found in a Yuma myotis bat.
I hope everyone has a very Happy Mother’s Day! And I hope you all have a good week!