Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday's Card or Scrapbook Page Share...

So today I have a card to share with you along with some actual "Bat" pictures.
My husband is a wildlife bioligist who for several years now has had a study going on with bats and humming bird feeders in volunteers backyards. They set up a camera and humming bird feeders to see if the bats will come in. It really is pretty amazing to see them drink from the feeders.
On Friday night he asked for my help gathering some of the information and I snapped a few photos to post about them.
CARD DETAILS: This card idea came straight from a friend of mine, T Huggins. She made a swap card similiar to this and I couldn't wait to make one myself! I used Glass Glitter from our new Holiday Mini Catalog around the saying I punched out with a circle punch.
Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the photos.
Silver #120995
Champagne #120997
We set up mist nets near the feeders, then once the bat is caught, we quickly work it so it can be released. On Friday night we caught and worked on (9) bats in a two hour period. We caught (2) different kinds of species. The one shown in these pictures below is a "Lesser Long Nosed Bat" which is a necter, pollen, & fruit eating bat.

We make a mark on their head so we know if we get any who come back. For everything you hear about bats you would think they were ugly and horrible animals...but look how cute they are. These ones are really quite mellow!

This was an adult female which you can tell by the joints in the wings.

We measure & weigh them.

This is a picture of the bat bag we weigh them in. That's the last thing we did before they would fly off.

Just another picture of this amazing creature.
Scott, my husband, has had his rabies shots and normally wears gloves. He did get bit several times Friday night, but not by the very calm "Lesser Long Nosed" bats. The one that bit him several times was a South Western Cave Myotis who came around to the Insect zapper that the volunteer had in her back yard and he ran into the net as well.
NOTE:If you encounter a bat...make sure to contact your local US Fish & Wildlife office or Game & Fish office. Don't ever go near a bat who is out in daytime, is low flying, or bothersome. They are probably infected with rabies and you need to contact a professional.