Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Not Cats...Bats

Friend BG and I visited Stage Nature Center in Troy, Michigan this weekend, to visit with some bats! The lecture, called "Bats of the World", was presented by members of Organization for Bat Conservation.
Big Brown Bat (native to Michigan)

Female Fruit Bat

Another type of fruit bat, male
Then we walked around the 100-acre area, and I snapped a few photos:
Shelf fungus on tree stump

Interesting tree and plant life
Someone spied this screech owl just hanging out, waiting for us to take his picture!
Screech owl in a wood-duck box!
Bats are our friends; they pollinate and spread seeds.  They need flowers, water, and places to sleep and raise their young. Unfortunately, cats can be predators of baby bats testing their wings, or if they find a nest up in a tree.  We have bats flying around our yard, but Patty O'Malley and Sweetie do not seem to be in the mood to chase them down, not with bowls of kibble and food at their noses!

14 comments:

  1. Bats are cool. Our neighbor has a bat house. Sometimes we can see them.

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  2. I like bats, we have some in the barn.

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  3. We love bats. After all, our mom IS one!! (We also have a screech owl, only we call her 'Caroline.')

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  4. What a wonderful place to visit! I remember so many bats at my grandparents farm. Rather scary when you are a 10 year old kid though!
    Have a good day.
    Robin

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  5. Wow, fascinating! I've never seen bat in person. They look fluffier than I thought :-) And such a cute face! The owl in the box is very cute, too!

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  6. guyz...we dunno....they iz kinda sorta scaree.... { wunder if any oh them noez dracula;) ☺☺♥♥

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  7. MOWZERS. Our mom lived down near Austin for a while, and the bats were EVERYWHERE!

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  8. Those bats are cute!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  9. Bats eat 'skeeters and that is good 'cause mom is very allergic to skeeter bites.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  10. How adorable! I love these little creatures. :)

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  11. We don't see any bats here but they are probably around. They are very interesting critters!

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  12. Interesting ! We have many small bats around us here. We can see many of them flying during Summer evenings. They eat insects. Purrs

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  13. They're so cute! When they're not flying around anyway.

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