Hang on Ope’ape’a

A photograph of a Hawaiian hoary bat's face.
Hawaiian Hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus, Endangered, Hawaii Island, Laupahoehoe Forest Reserve. Photo by Frank Bonaccorso
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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I had a fun week, but sadly, it is now over. School starts on Tuesday, and I am not ready to start getting up early again. It’ll be nice to see my friends, but I do wish school could start a nice 2 or 3 hours later. Wouldn’t that be nice?

There is currently a hurricane heading toward the islands of Hawaii. I thought I would write about a bat that lives there. As it turns out, Hawaii’s native bat, the Hawaiian Hoary Bat, is the only native land mammal to Hawaii. Sadly, the Hawaiian Hoary Bat has been on the endangered species list since 1970. Like many of the bats on the endangered list, this bat’s problems are due to deforestation and pesticide use.

This bat likes to eat insects and lives in the forests of the islands of Kauai, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, Oahu, Molokai, and Koolawe. The bat has only recently been confirmed on Koolawe. The Hawaiian Hoary Bat is brown/grey colored and has white tips on their extremities. The bats are about 6 inches long and weigh about an ounce.   

If you would like to read more about the Hawaiian Hoary Bat, you can find information here.

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