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This time on Bat Squad! girl: If everyone got to
see a bat up close, I really think the public
opinion would change about bats. girl #2:
There are a lot of things that kids can do to help bats. You can spread the word to
your family and neighbors. Just know you aren’t
going to be harmed. This is just amazing! Hey Bat Friends! I’m Cami and I’m
your Bat Squad! Host. Bats are so awesome. I mean they can be really big to
really small and cute and tiny. I mean cuteness overload. I mean imagine a tiny bat
sitting on your finger. Ahhhh! Cuteness overload. Huh. Just like puppies. Anyway, they can be
found all over the world. Did I mention
they’re super cool? Bat Squad! member, Madison,
has seen a ton of bats. And, she’s going to
tell us all about them. Take it away Madison. Hi I’m Madison Mies. I’m 14 years old and
I’m from Troy, Michigan. Well, my favorite bat
is the bumblebee bat which I think are
really cool because they’re the smallest bat
species in the world. They weigh only up to a dime and they also live in only
one area in the world. A couple years ago I went to
Costa Rica and I got to see some of the really awesome
and interesting bats there like the Honduran
tent making bats and a lot of the cool
fruit eating bats. Well, the Honduras
tent making bats, what they do is they find
a huge leaf to go under. They bite the stem of the leaf
so that it folds over like a little tent, and then
they live underneath that. Thanks, Madison. I didn’t know that bats
could be so awesome. Well, of course, I already did. But, this just
makes them awesomer. They’re so small, and
I didn’t even know they could make their own tents! I mean TENTS! Bats are found all
over the world, and we are always learning
new things about them. And, Madison loves to share what
she has learned about bats. So, Madison, how do
you tell other kids about what you have
learned about bats? Well, I’ve traveled around a lot
with my dad to schools, museums, and libraries and helped
tell kids and adults about bats and do programs. We also do an
annual bat festival which I’ve been volunteering
for the last four years to do different crafts with
kids about bats and programs. And, it’s really fun. When kids see bats up
close for the first time they realize that bats
aren’t these scary creatures like they see in movies. They’re actually really
cute and very friendly. When I first start talking
about bats to kids and adults, sometimes they get nervous
and a little anxious about it. Some adults will actually get up
and leave because they heard so many myths about bats, and
they’re actually scared of them. But, once I start
getting into a talk, they start getting excited
about bats and ready to learn. I think that kids should know
that bats are very beneficial, and that they should
not be afraid of bats. And, a lot of the bat myths out
there are completely not true. And, they should also
know that bats do a lot of great things for us and
that we should protect them. One of the myths about
bats is that bats actually make nests in your hair and
get caught in your hair. But, in reality bats
don’t make nests, and they actually have very good
eyesight and use echolocation and will not get
caught in your hair. Another myth is that
all bats have rabies, which is definitely not true. And, actually there’s not many
bats that have rabies out there. Talking with other
kids is a really fun and exciting experience, especially when we bring out the live bats. Their faces just light up
and get excited about bats. And, when they hear that all
these myths about bats aren’t true and how
important they are and how much they
help our environment, they get excited
about helping them. If everyone got to see a bat
up close like these kids do I really think the public
opinion would change about bats. Because they’d see how they’re
not these scary creatures like in horror
movies and cartoons. Halloween is a super fun time to tell your friends
and family about bats. Wah hah hah hah ha. You can even start a
club at your school like Oscar, who lives
in California did. Oscar, can you tell us more? My name is Oscar Scholin. I am 13 yours old. I live in Pacific
Grove, California, and I go to Pacific
Grove High School. The name of our school group
is Team Chiroptera and it was started by Mrs. Terry
who wanted to create a club that got kids into
science and out exploring and conducting field research with the help of
Dr. Dave Johnston. Team Chiroptera is
really fun because not only do we get to
learn many new things, but we also get to
go out into the wild like real bat scientists
and conduct research. …and we’re gonna have a
lot of fun and I can’t wait! Team Chiroptera! What Team Chiroptera
does is every year or so we formulate questions that
we can then go out and test and later formulate our information- our data into a poster that we can present at a symposium. Our research project was to test
whether there were more bats in a small area of space
or a large area of space. And, this was greatly
influenced by urbanization and just the general
ecosystems that they were in. Presenting at the research
symposium was really fun. We got to meet all
these bat scientists who were way older than we were, and they were really interested in what we were doing which was great. What’s been really
interesting for me teaching other friends
of mine about bats is just as I’ve become more
open to bats, so have they. And, then they’re spreading
the word to their friends and their parents and
it just continues on. It’s just great to have
a more aware world. Team Chiroptera is really
fun because it gets- it gets kids
engaged in something that only older
people might be doing. And, so that means going out
and doing field research or learning about new things. And, it’s not like sitting
in some stuffy classroom listening to some boring
guy lecture on and on. It’s- it’s just about going out and enjoying the
world and science. It’s just amazing. If you’re interested in
starting a club of your own similar to Team Chiroptera,
all you need is a chaperone, a group of your peers. And, you don’t need
a bat detector, you don’t need a bat scientist,
you don’t need a mist net, those will help, but
you don’t need them. All you need is a
tenacity for learning. I really want to start my own
Bat Squad! club at my school! Thanks, Oscar. Now, let’s meet Rachael who
writes about bats every week. Tell us more about it, Rachael. I am Rachael and I am 14 now. I’ve liked bats as
long as I can remember. My blog is called
the Baturday News and it comes out every Saturday. It’s a weekly blog about bats. I first got into bats when I
needed a sixth grade project, and we found the organization
in the newspaper. And, I got to meet them
and they were just so tiny that I got inspired
to do a blog for them. And, writing about
them was just so fun. The bats here at Save Lucy,
they are wild animals. Um. They’re sick or
injured that come here, and most of them can be released if we can nurse
them back to health. When I came to Save Lucy for
hours I wanted to hold the bats and to take care of them. But, I couldn’t do that. But, I liked writing so I
got into writing the blog. And, after a few I just
really got into it. I like seeing the comments
after I write the blog. There’s this one person
who really likes bats, but he’s too young to be
helping them- except for turning off the lights, but
he just really likes my blog. And, it’s really fun to see
what people think about it and seeing it up on the website, that’s really big ’cause all
of my friends can see it. I do like talking to other kids. It’s- I’m a little bit
nervous about talking to kids about bats, but once I
get into it I’m okay. At first all of my friends
thought they were big and they were scary
things that would come swooping out of the air and
get tangled in their hair and mess with their ‘do. And, no. They were all talking
about like vampire bats, and how they’re big and huge. And, I’m like,
that’s a fruit bat. The fruit bats are the big ones. The vampire bats
are like that big. You’re scared of this?! There are a lot of things
kids can do to help bats. You can help by donating
to a bat organization. You can make posters, put
them up in your school. You can spread the word by talking to your family
and your neighbors. You can dance. Put on a little dance. You can draw and put
your drawings out. There are just so many. The main thing is
just to care about bats. Aww. I think vampire
bats are kind of cute. Did you know that there are 1300
kinds of bats in the world? Geez! But not all at the same time… That’s the second largest group
of mammals in the entire world. We know that there are
tons of bats in the world, but we don’t usually
get to see them because they are only awake at night –
just like owls, sadly. Calvin was lucky to see
his favorite bat up close. I wish I could do that. But, still, his
favorite bat up close. Can you tell us more
about it, Calvin? Hi I’m Calvin. I’m from Texas and
I’m ten years old. My favorite bat is the
Mexican Free-tailed. It was really cool
looking at them up close. The wings, uh, were
longer than I expected. They’re much like our
arms and if we had web in-between our arms, and
we’d glide really easily. And, their feet
were really weird, I never knew that they kinda
have hairs on their fingers that look like eyelashes. It’s actually kind of like a built in comb to
groom themselves. Bats are different in many ways. Here in North America we
have really small ones. In South America they
have the vampire bat. And, in Australia,
they have flying foxes. The wingspan is about
to a man’s head all the way down to
his waist almost. Here in America, the
bats are insect eaters, so they eat a lot of insects. And, in Asia and Australia the
flying foxes eat a lot of fruit. There are lots of bats
inside neighborhoods that kids and adults
really don’t know about. And, people make up all
these myths that the bats are dangerous, they suck
your blood and all that. But they really
are all around you and they haven’t harmed anyone. So what kids should learn
to help save bats is, they should tell other kids
and- or you can tell adults. And, uh, just say that you
should put up bat houses. And, tell all the
interesting things. You can read a book, or
look on the internet. But all of the myths that people
tell about bats are not real. Making a bat house
is a great idea! It gives bats a place to sleep. And, you might be able
to see one in real life. And, building one is so easy,
with the help of an adult. Plus you can make it pretty. And, once you finish
with your bat house, the best place to put it is on the side of a
building like your house. Or, on a pole! So, Calvin. What other things should
kids know about bats? What I tell the people about
bats is they eat insects, and they help farmers save money
and then we can have more crops. And, um, houses are taking
up the habitats of bats. They’re chopping down
trees and building houses, so bats have no
choice but to roost up in shingles of
houses and all that. But, they really
aren’t a problem. Kids should tell parents to
protect some bat habitat. Places… caves are one,
and trees, under trees, and shingles in the house
or on the rain gutters. Bats can hide in there and if
you can protect those places I think that we would have more
of a chance to have more bats. I think kids should know,
um, don’t be afraid of bats. Also, do not worry about bats. They live all around you,
so you just can’t see them. But they’re really
afraid of you, so just know that you- you’re
not going to be harmed by them. I love all the different
ways that Bat Squad! members are helping bats. Now it’s your turn. What ideas do you
have that could turn into a Bat Squad! project? Turns out it is pretty easy to protect animals
and the environment. If you need ideas, check out
the activity, The Bat Squad! Thanks for watching. Remember, kids like
you can help bats too! Anyone can be a bat hero. Thanks!

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