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Mrs. Bevan
W.W. Smith School
Poughkeepsie, New York



All About Bats
by Andre, Daniel, Kevin, and Sarah

Bats see in the dark better then in the light. They use echolocation to help them find where they're going but they're not blind. Bats send out a sound so high pitched that humans can't hear it. Bats use this sound to find bugs. When they send out their echolocation it bounces off the bug and goes back to the bat. This way they know where to find the bug.

They live in trees, caves, buildings, under bridges, mines, caves, and even bat houses. In the Hudson Valley, there are old cement mines and caves where the bats hibernate. There are 9 species altogether, but 6 species lives in ´┐Żew York year round. There are Indiana bats, Small-footed bats, and Big Brown Bats in these mines and caves. We know that the Indiana Bat is an endangered species. The Indiana bat is dark gray or grayish brown and has a pink nose. It is two inches long and 2 to 3 ounces in weight. Their feet are even smaller than the other bats, exactly 1/3 inches long. The Indiana bat babies are born in June and the Little Brown bat babies are born in June and early July.

These bats eat insects mostly. Other species of bats eat fruit, and nectar but they live in tropical climates. Vampire bats eat mostly bird's blood but and one eats cattle's blood, but never eat humans blood.

We know bats aren't blind , they don't get caught in your hair, they aren't flying mice, and they aren't worthless animals. In fact they are gentle and intelligent mammals.

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