Wiggle Waggle Little Ears

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.

A photograph of a hoary bat titling her head
Lacy, a hoary bat, demonstrates a head tilt

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week. I read an interesting article about why bats turn their heads while they are using echolocation. Everyone who has a dog knows that they turn their head in a really cute way when they are curious about something. Well, bats are just as cute.

A scientist named Melville Wohlgemuth noticed that bats moved their heads in a similar way to his dog. He has a cute pug named Willie Nelson. Dr. Wohlgemuth decided to study exactly what these movements in bats were all about. It turns out that bats use head and ear movements in combination with echolocation to find food.

Researchers caught a few big brown bats to study. They developed an experiment where they could track how the bats sent out echolocation sounds to track the location of mealworms. With these experiments, the scientists realized that bat echolocation sounds are coordinated with head and ear movements.

If you would like to read the article, you can find it here.

And, in other news, the Save Lucy website has been completely redesigned! If you haven’t visited the website recently, you should go have a look. 🙂

I hope you all have a good week.

[The website address is saveLucytheBat.org. We still have some content and tweaks underway while we learn the new system. Please let usknow what you think!–Ed.]

 

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