If you need to find websites about individual
types or species of bats, then click here
Species) to connect to our companion
webpage. There you will find lots of websites - - too
many to fit here.
- Easier - Bats are
the only mammals that fly. They have furry bodies
and thin, leathery wings. Bats hang upside down
when they are resting. Bats sleep during the day
and come out at night to feed. Bats find their way
by making high-pitched squeaks and clicks. The
echoes of these noises are picked up by sensitive
ears and used to guide them around.
- Harder - Bats
dwell in caves, attics, crevices, or other
sheltered places. A few species live in trees. Bats
seem uncommon because they roost in dark habitats
and come out only at night; therefore, they are
rarely seen. Night creatures are called
- Over 900 species of bats live in all parts of
the world except Antarctica and the Arctic. Most
bats are found in the tropic regions, where they
can find food the year around. About 40 species of
bats live in Canada and the United States.
- Many people fear bats. Through the centuries,
people have passed on superstitions, myths, and
misunderstandings about bats. For example, consider
the false expression 'blind as a bat.' In fact, all
bats can see probably about as well as humans.
Beliefs that bats carry bedbugs and get tangled in
people's hair are also untrue. At night, they will
try to fly out a window if they find themselves in
a room. Bats are usually timid. Most bats are
harmless to people. However, some bats can have
rabies; therefore, bats should not be handled
without protective measures.
- Bat Conservation
- This organization provides information about the value of bats and protecting bats.
2) Bat Conservation and Management http://www.batmanagement.com/
- 3) Bat Conservation International http://www.batcon.org./
- 4) Friends of Bats http://www.friendsofbats.com/
- This school resource connects to all kinds of
information, resources, and activities about
Bats Bats Everywhere http://members.aol.com/bats4kids/
3) Bats Theme Page from Gander Academy
4) Batty about Bats http://dep.state.ct.us/burnatr/wildlife/kids/kpbats.htm
Bats Work by T. Harris at
- Bats really stand out in the animal world. They
are the only mammals that can fly, and they live
much of their lives hanging upside down. Separate
the myth from reality!
- Related Websites:
- 2) Aerodynamics of Bats by Cislunar
- 3) Why Do Bats Fly At Night? http://www.pa.msu.edu/~sciencet/ask_st/102997.html
- National Geographic Creature Feature: Vampire Bats
Explore fun facts, videos, audio, maps, and other information about bats.
2) Bats http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/bats/
- 3) Bats: Creatures of the Night http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/notes/bats.html
4) Big Brown Bat http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/bigbat.htm
- ) World Almanac for Kids: Bats http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/explore/animals/bat.html
6) Wild Lives: Bats http://www.awf.org/wildlives/62
- After visiting lots of the bat
websites, complete one or more of these
- Complete Some Bat Art. Go to
Brown Bat Coloring Page. Print out the
page and follow the directions. You may
also want to complete some of the
activities found at Bat
- Teach Stellaluna. Read the book
called Stellaluna by Janell Cannon.
The book is about a bat who grows up with
a bird family and must learn how to be a
bat. Learn more about bats, then
brainstorm ways to help Stellaluna be bat.
Create a Venn Diagram comparing birds and
- Fun Bat Activities. Visit
Fun for Kids and Adults! from
About.com to select from bat word
searches, crossword puzzles, facts, bat
projects, and other activities. Another
bat word search is located at Bats.
- Complete A Batty WebQuest.
Adapt or follow the instructions found at
one of the following webQuest sites:
- 1) Bat Quest: In Search of Stellaluna
by D. Von Feldt-Vo (Grades 2-3)
- 3) Bats by D. Mentzer and M. Rohrer
- 7) Lessons On Bats by D. Blackmer
(Scroll down page)
- 9) Stellaluna: 'The Big Bat Hunt'
(Grade 2) by H. Hunt, L. Pinedo, and E.
- 10) World of Bats by K. King (Grade 2)
- Write Some Bat Poetry. You can
find some help at the EduScapes
for Kids. Also read bat poetry at the
Poet Page. Share your bat poems with
- Take A Bat Quiz. Test your
knowledge of bats at the Bat
Quiz from the University of
California or Bats:
Online Quiz. Try your hand at
Bat External Anatomy from Enchanted
- Build A Bat House. Bat
populations are declining at an alarming
level. Help preserve these important
animals. Start by visiting helpful sites
to Frequently Asked Bat House
Conservation and Management, Criteria
for Successful Bat Houses, Small
Economy Bat Houses, and Bat
Houses from organizations for bat
conservation. Another design plan can be
found at Rocket
Box Bat House Design. Then build your
own bat house and place it in a good
- Read An Online Bat Adventure.
Read the online Story
of Echo the Bat (Grades 5-8) by G.
Butcher from NASA. Along the way
you will learn about bats plus find out
more about remote sensing or the
- Create A Bat Conservation
Poster. Help save bats. Create an
eye-catching poster that promotes the
protection and better understanding of
- Websites By Kids For Kids
- This website was created by students to reveal
the secrets of these amazing creatures to others.
This page will give you a better understanding of
bats, making it easier for you to read and
comprehend Kenneth Oppel's 'Silverwing.'
by N. Nikolovski
- At this website you can learn about the large,
cannibalistic bat that is native to northern
Batty (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
- This bat project was designed to help erase the
myths and educate people about these extraordinary
- Here you have a bat report by third graders in
Cannelton, Indiana. the site includes a fun quiz,
bat house building information, an interview with a
bat expert, and more.
- Other Bat Websites
- This bat site from Ireland contains
information, photos, links, and more.
at Hinterland Who's Who from the Canadian
- Check out this information about bats found in
from Jaguar Paw Resort
- Read about the natural history of bats, vampire
bats, bat conservation, and much more.
- Another Online Article on Bats:
- 2) Bats Battle Maligned Mammal Moniker from
- 3) Go bats! by N.M. Kendall of the Christian
- 4) What's So Bad About BATS? by S. Chastain
from Franklin Institute
- Buzbee Bat
House Temperature Plot
- Read about a man's adventures of first building
a bat habitat and then getting the mammals to live
there. The site also has hundreds of links to other
Night Fliers from University of
California at Berkeley
- Learn more about these small, furry mammals --
the only mammals to have achieved powered
Bats from DesertUSA
- Learn about the various types of bats that
inhabit the southwestern deserts of the U.S.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Bats of San Diego County http://home.earthlink.net/~cmsquare/
- 4) Guide to Missouri Cave Bats by W.R. Elliott
and R.L. Clawson
- 6) Missouri Cave Bats http://www.umsl.edu/~joellaws/ozark_caving/mss/bats.htm
- 7) Night Wings: Bats of Austin http://www.io.com/house/bats.html
- 9) Oklahoma Bats. . . Coming Out of the
to Bats from the US Fish and Wildlife
- This informative bat site contains lots of
bat facts and photos, information on the six
species of bats protected under the Endangered
Species Act, and more.
You Want To Know About Bats from The
Organization for Bat Conservation
- Here is a list of facts about bats that is
written specifically for kids.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Amazing Bat Facts from Bats of San Diego
To Do If You Find an Injured Bat from the
California Bat Conservation Fund
- Here you find good advice for helping any
injured or stray bats in your home.
- Other Related Websites:
- 2) Bats in Buildings from Bat Conservation
- 3) Dealing With Unwanted Guests from Bat
Conservation International, Inc.
- Websites For Teachers
by B. McCarthy (Grade 2)
- Here is a introductory unit plan for study of
bats using the book, Stellaluna by J. Cannon.
in the Classroom: Activities Across the
Curriculum from Education World
- October -- the perfect time to work bats into
the curriculum, to teach about some of the
misconceptions often held about these interesting
creatures of nature.
Creatures of the Night by M. Claeys (Grade
- This unit on bats expands the concepts of
observing and classifying. Studying bats allow
students to consider the physical differences
between the two main groups of bats, provides a
means for learning to compare different animals and
their features, and encourages the use of technical
and scientific terminology.
Theme from A to Z TeacherStuff
- This links site connects to a number of lesson
and unit plans and activities for studying about
- Similar Website:
- 2) Bats Theme Page: Teacher Resources from
of the night
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