Sympathy for the Southeast

A photograph of a southeastern myotis that was rehabilitated at Save Lucy .
Save Lucy was lucky to host a lovely little Southeastern Myotis. She was a little skinny but otherwise healthy, so we sent her back to the rehabilitator in her home range to finish her rehabilitation and release.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I had a rough ending to my week because I sprained my ankle very badly. I was viciously attacked by a tree root and my ankle did not appreciate it. Even though I am wounded, I think I had a better week than a lot of people in the southeastern part of the country. Hurricane Michael tore through the area last week and people there are still suffering.

This week, I researched another Florida bat and I think I found a cute one. The Southeastern Myotis is adorable! It looks a lot like Little Brown Bats. They have gray-brown to orange-brown fur and are lighter on their stomachs. Their fur, however, is shorter, and thicker, than that of the Little Brown Bat.

Southeastern Myotis live in many other places than Florida. They also live in Southern Illinois and Indiana, Oklahoma, western Tennessee, Arkansas, Northeastern Texas, the southern part of North Carolina, the Ohio River Valley of Kentucky, and coastal regions northward into Virginia. The Southeastern Myotis likes to roost in caves, hollow trees, buildings, and bridges. They eat insects, such as mosquitoes, flies, small beetles, and moths.

If you would like to read more about the Southeastern Myotis bat, you can find information here.

Also, I would like to remind everyone of the big batty event at the US Botanic Gardens in Washington, DC next weekend. The Bat Bonanza Event will be Saturday, October 27 and will begin at 10 AM. This is always a very fun event full of all kinds of batty fun. I plan on being there and, best of all, Mrs. Sturges, Save Lucy’s President, will be there with some live bats. If you are in the DC area, I hope you’ll stop by.

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