Bat Squad! – Hey Bat, What’s Your Habitat?


This time on Bat Squad! Bats can be found
all over the earth. girl: And, you might have many
species in your neighborhood. They could be hiding in
your trees, bird feeders. And, sometimes in
the attics of houses. They are there, but you
just don’t see them. This is just amazing. Hey, bat friends. I’m Cami and I’m
your Bat Squad! host. Today we’re going to learn
about where bats live and how we can
protect their habitat. Bats are found
almost everywhere. Chances are you’re probably
living near some. Eowyn, Logan, and Calvin have
come to tell us more about bats. And, they’re telling us right
from their home states. I mean we’re going to be
seeing like tons of bats and we’re going to be seeing
the largest population of bats in the world. Eowyn, can you tell us more? Hi my name is Eowyn. I’m 11 years old. And, I live in Texas. Bats live almost everywhere. It’s… they live
all over the world in like every habitat
except for Antarctica and a few isolated islands. They could live in trees and most notably they
could live in caves. We’re right now at Bracken Cave. And, I’m sitting in front
of the cave right now listening to the bats. And, it’s really cool. It’s the largest bat colony, about 15 million moms and
babies live in the cave. The bats at Bracken
Cave really help us by eating 300 tons
of bugs every night. And, that’s, that’s amazing. The corn-eared moths,
they eat the corn. And, their larvae and
pupae eat the corn. And we don’t have
to use pesticides because the pests are
taken care of by the bats. So we wouldn’t
have to worry about eating pesticides in the corn. And, that’s really cool. You can find bats everywhere. They can live in little
cracks and crevices of rocks that aren’t in caves. And, they can live
almost anywhere. Kids might not know,
but bats are everywhere around their house. They could be at
your front door. They could be hiding
in your trees. They could be in
your bird feeders or even in a little building
that you have on your house. They could be everywhere
around your house. So, don’t say you don’t have
bats around your house. They are there, but you
just don’t see them. Wow! I have never seen so
many bats in my life. Bracken Cave is
definitely Bat Central. When I think of where bats
live, I usually think of caves. But, did you know
that they can live in so many different places? If I wasn’t here, then
they could probably live in this tent. I wouldn’t want them
to, but they could. Let’s meet Logan and
he is going to tell us more about where bats live. My name is Logan Carter. I’m 12 years old and
I live in Indiana. What got me excited
about bats was my dad. He was a bat biologist so I
followed in his footsteps. And, eventually, I got
interested in bats. Bats can be found in deserts,
rainforests, forests, and more. Most commonly in
caves and trees. In caves they can be
found in cracks, crevices, on the roof, or on the wall. In trees, they can be found in
cracks or holes, under the bark, or even just
chilling on a branch. Bats are amazing to see and you might have many species in your neighborhood. Bats can live in the
country and the city. They can live in the country –
they can live in barns and sometimes in the
attics of houses. In the city they live in
buildings and under bridges. I guess you never know
where a bat might be living. They could be living
under bridges, in barns, or they could just be
living in normal caves. Who knows? The
possibilities are endless. I really want to learn
more about these bats. Hmmm… I know just the
person who can help us. Let’s go over to Texas and
meet Bat Squad! member Calvin. So, Calvin, what
else do you think we should know
about bat habitats? Hi. I’m Calvin and I’m from
Texas and I’m 10 years old. Some of the interesting things
that I learned about all the bats was
they’ve developed what they need to
survive in each habitat. The Mexican Free-tails
have those big ears and they’re really
dark so that they can hide in caves and
stuff like that. The red bat, uh, they’re
designed to look like leaves in trees, and they
kind of hold on one foot and they sway
like dead leaves. So, how bats drink, they
glide on top of the water, just a few inches above
and they lick it like a dog. They just keep licking until
they get enough water. Or if the bats hide in
trees when it rains, the bats can drink
little droplets off of leaves and branches. Houses are taking up
the habitats of bats. They’re chopping down trees and
building houses so the bats have no choice but to roost up in
shingles of houses and all that. But, they really aren’t a
problem or a threat to humans. Kids should tell parents to
protect some bat habitat. Places like caves are one,
trees, under trees, and shingles in the house –
bats can hide in there. And, if you can
protect those places, I think we would have more of
a chance to have more bats. We’ve learned a lot of
things about bat habitats. But, I wonder, is there any
threats to these places? Bat Squad! members, what are
some dangerous threats to bat habitats and what can
people like me do to help? Bat habitats are under threat
because of deforestation and people are disturbing caves
like throwing trash in caves and even just using lights
that the bats don’t like, just to annoy them because
they’re scared of bats. People should avoid
going inside caves because it would
help the bats a lot. The bats are going
extinct very quickly. Eowyn: So, what kids could do
to protect bat habitat is encourage their parents
to learn more about bats. And, they could tell, the kids
could tell the parents or grandparents or uncles or
any adult more about bats. They could tell them to join
a group to help protect bats. They could tell them not to cut
down dead branches of trees because that could
be a home for a bat. To make homes for bats,
kids can make bat houses like we did just now
with our Scout group. That could help
protect bats as well. What makes a bat house
good for bats is, well, let’s say
you’re not near a cave or there is no
hollowed out trees, or you’re not next to a
city, or near a bridge, you can make bat houses. And, that would help grow
more habitat for bats. And, it would also let
the bats have a home to raise their babies and to
have a family of their own. I know of a disease called
the White-nose syndrome. And, it has been killing
bats for a while now. And, it mostly targets
them in hibernation. That’s right Eowyn. Most bats spend their winter
in a group called colonies. In fact, all the bats squeeze
and huddle close together during the cold winters. But, say one of them gets sick, then some others could
get sick really fast. In fact, White-nose
syndrome has been known to wipe out entire bat colonies. This sickness has
been known to wipe out six million bats
in just six years. We know this because we’ve
been monitoring our bats. Let’s find out how scientists
and kids like me and you, can help monitor our bats. Scientists use a tool called a
mist net which is basically a cafeteria lady’s
hairnet the size of a car on top of two poles. They hang it over a river
or another passageway they think that has a good
chance of catching bats. And, they wait. The bats are not good at
sensing the nets because their echolocation doesn’t
work well against the nets. So, they end up falling into the
net, tangling themselves up. The scientist, every 10-15
minutes, check the nets and see if there is
a bat in the net. If so, they take it out, put it
in a bag, bring it to the table, and do some research –
like determine its age, measure its forearm, whether
it’s a male or female, and so on. After they are done, they release it into
the wild, unharmed. One net which is the harp net
is more for buildings, like openings in buildings
and passageways in buildings. While the mist net is more
for like streams and rivers, or other open passageways. I’ve been helping out
with mist netting since, I think I was five. It’s a really long time and I
can hardly remember anything at five, but I think I’ve been
helping out since I was five. And, it’s been really fun. For me, what it’s like to
teach other kids about bats, I just love the experience
of helping other people and not just helping the
people but helping the bats and helping the world. It’s just a really amazing
experience for me. And, I like to make it
another great experience for the other kids
that I’m teaching. What I wish everyone knew about
bats is that they’re not scary. They’re not frightening. They’re not hostile. They’re actually
just misunderstood and very meek and kind. Bats are so neat and I’m so glad
we got to learn more about them. To end this video, we are going
to talk to Eowyn one more time. This is just amazing. I don’t know what
I was expecting. When you said tornado,
I was expecting taller and like an actual tornado
but this is a lot better. This is amazing. If kids could see this they
would be in love with bats. It’s just an amazing sight. I’ve never seen
anything like this and I probably never will again. Don’t be afraid of bats. They do a lot of
things to help us, they do a lot of things to help
the environment and nature. And, they do a lot of things
to help amaze us as well. Just let go of your
fears and enjoy bats. She just had an
amazing experience seeing wild bats
at Bracken Cave. You may not live near
an awesome bat cave, but you probably do have
bats living near you. If you want to find out, do the
activity, “Neighborhood Bats.” And, don’t forget to tune
into our next episode, “Bats Need Friends!” ‘Cause you could be
a friend to a bat.

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