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Beth Sosic's Class
Orange City Schools
Pepper Pike, Ohio


"Wow! We really liked this project! We enjoyed studying the Indiana Bat. We liked writing about it and drawing the pictures of it. We are going to continue studying bats around our area. We are even going to build a bat house! We will be visiting a park near us in May to see the little brown bats after they have flown back from the South." Ted, Jaime, Sarah, Justin, Janel, Carolyn, Evan, Brian, Adrienne, and Emily!


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There are 11 kinds of bats that live in Ohio.  We decided to learn more about the Indiana bat. It is an endangered species in Ohio and the United States. They just found lots of Indiana bats roosting in Ohio in a mine. It was big news!


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The Indiana bat is a microbat. Microbats are smaller than megabats and they eat insects, not fruit.

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The Indiana bat uses echolocation to catch the insects.

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It is closely related to the gray bat and the little brown bat.

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The Indiana bat's body is brownish-gray and its wings are black. It has pink lips.

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It has a keel near its foot.

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It has sharp teeth and sharp molars. It feeds on moths, beetles, flies, and other insects.

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The Indiana bat's body is about 2 inches. Its wingspan is 8 inches. It weighs about as much as a quarter!

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It has one baby each year.

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In the fall, the Indiana bat migrates to caves in Missouri, Kentucky, and southern Indiana. Only a few have been known to stay in Ohio.

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In the summer it lives in wooded areas in Ohio. It likes to roost beneath loose pieces of bark on trees.


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