Saskatchewan: Corner Gas and Little Brown Bats, Hooray!

Today’s blog is dedicated to the people of Saskatchewan, Canada. I was very sad to hear about the terrible accident last weekend. I know this is a very difficult time for the people of Saskatchewan and for many people throughout Canada. Please know that my thoughts are with you.

A photograph of a juvenile little brown bat taken at Save Lucy in the summer of 2009.
One of the very last little brown bats raised by President Leslie. We miss them terribly.

I hope you all had a good week! I am happy to report that I get to enjoy a long weekend! Friday was the end of the 3rd quarter at school, so we had an early release and we get to stay home Monday! Isn’t that amazing? I plan on sleeping late and going shopping.

This week, I researched bats of Saskatchewan. They have 8 species of bats there. Many of the bats they have there are the same species that we have here in Virginia. There is one special little bat that they have that is no longer found here in Fairfax, Virginia. That’s right! The people of Saskatchewan are lucky enough to still have little brown bats. They have little Lucys flying in the night sky!

Sadly, all of our little brown bats have passed away due to White Nose Syndrome. I was happy to discover the little brown bats who call Saskatchewan home are doing well. For those of us who have never been lucky enough to see a little brown bat flying around, they are adorable. They have yellowy-brown to light brown fur and are smaller than big brown bats. If these bats are able to avoid WNS, they can live up to 33 years. That makes them one of the longest lived mammals for their size.

If you want to learn more about little brown bats, you can find information on the Save Lucy Website:  http://savelucythebat.org.

And now, I am happy to announce that this Tuesday, April 17 is Bat Appreciation Day! It is around this time of year that bats begin to emerge from hibernation. I hope all of you are able to get out there and appreciate these wonderful little animals on Tuesday! It’s a great day to celebrate all things batty and to tell all of your friends how amazing these misunderstood creatures are.

I hope you all have a good week.

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