Happy, then sad, then happy wishes

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.

If you would like to read more about this bat you can find information here. And if you would like to learn more about how they found WNS in Washington, you can read the sad story here.

I hope everyone has a very Happy Mother’s Day! And I hope you all have a good week!

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  1. Deborah Vogg May 20, 2017 Reply

    I’m very happy to read your blog, I also love bats. Was wondering if your going to work with scientist or become one, your smart and caring about bats. I am very interested in bat and have read many books on them. So just what are your plans about bats. Are you going more in the field of bats or stay doing this when you get older. I wish I new about this when I was younger. So good luck with your dream.

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