Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a 7th grade student 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. Her family cheerfully hosted this wild colony for years.
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice week. The bats around here are freezing! Luckily, the little bats being taken care of by the nice people at Save Lucy are nice and toasty, but the poor little bats outside are having to suffer through some really cold weather. First, there was snow and then it was just ridiculously cold. They even canceled school because it was so cold! I hope the little bats that are roosting outside managed to stay toasty. I’m worried about them.
On a different note, I know you are all anxiously waiting for news about Fierce and Gladys. Gladys absolutely loved Fierce’s thoughtful poetry and letter last week. Once they exchanged their Valentine’s gifts (Gladys got Fierce a worm), they had a lovely Valentine’s dinner. They ate mealworms, mealworms and more mealworms. For dessert, they had chocolate covered wax worms.
I hope you all are able to stay warm. If you are looking for something to do while you are stuck inside, perhaps you could knit cute little hats, scarves, mittens or even earmuffs for your neighborhood bats. I’m sure they’d love them!
[The prolonged abnormally cold weather is having a profound impact on our resident bats. Save Lucy is getting a several calls a day regarding bats inside houses or down on the ground in the cold. These are overwhelmingly young bats that do not have enough nutritional resources to survive this lengthy cold snap. If you find a bat indoors, please contain it and contact your local wildlife rehabilitator or wildlife agency for advice.–Ed.]