BAT WEEK IS AN ANNUAL, INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE ROLE OF BATS IN NATURE
Bat Week Videos FOR ADULTS
Find out the latest on White Nose Syndrome, the disease that is devastating bat species in North America, from the scientists who are studying the Syndrome
Deep in the Mayan forests of Mexico lives the rarely-seen Vampyrum spectrum— False Woolly Vampire Bat which the Maya called Tzotz. Dr. Rodrigo Medellin of the University of Mexico and National Geographic photographer Anand Varma partner in the forest for Jason Jaacks’s short documentary, In Search of Tzotz.
(National Geographic) (10:07 minutes)
University of Mexico Professor of Ecology Rodrigo Medellin travels deep into the Yucatan rainforest with National Geographic Photographer Anand Varma in an effort to research and photograph two rare carnivorous species of Vampire bat.
Immerse yourself in the world-famous Batnado of Bracken Cave. During the warm summer months, over 15-million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) emerge nightly to feast on 140 tons of insects - including many damaging crop pests.
Bat Week Videos FOR Children & Youth
The Bat Week song by Mister G.
Listen to Mister G, Latin GRAMMY award winner and children’s author and song writer, sing his “Bats on the Brink song. This talented musician launched this song in Bat Week 2019—now it’s your turn to dance and sing along! Like Mister G says, “It’s time to come together for the BATS.”
Read along with this Chapter Book as Miss Frizzle visits Yosemite to learn about bats. This black and white chapter book is read by a student just like you and tells the story of finding out more about bats live and why they are important.
The Bat Squad! webcast series, is for kids hosted by kids across the USA doing great bat education, research, and conservation activities. Each of our four, 15-minute webcasts are available in English with both French and Spanish subtitles, with matching activities geared towards Next Generation Science Standards perfect for the home or the classroom.
(A TED-Ed Talk cartoon, 5:47 minutes)
This TED-Ed talk is a carton from Amy Wray that explores how bats contribute to ecosystems through pollination and pest control and looks at the importance of protecting bats to reduce the risk of transmitting disease.
(Scholastic Reader; 7:16 minutes)
Everyone’s favorite storybook teacher, Miss Frizzle, takes her students on a Magic School Bus ride to see where bats live and to learn more about them and how to help bats in our own neighborhoods.
Bat Week Book Readings
Bat Loves the Night written by Nicole Davies and illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. Read by Kelly Reynolds, Project WILD Program Manager at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (www.projectwild.org). [6:36 min]
Marcelo the Bat (in English) written by Laura Navarro and illustrated by Juan Sebastian. Read by Milagros Winter, Youth Bat Ambassador for the U.S. Forest Service NatureWatch Program (www.fs.fed.us/naturewatch). [7:14 min]
The Adventures of Echo the Bat written by Ginger Butcher and illustrated by Beth Broadhurst. Read by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Aeronautics and Space Agency for the public domain [5:55 min]
Written by Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Meryl Henderson. Read by Brian Heeringa, Wildlife Biologist at the U.S. Forest Service (www.fs.usda.gov) [14:52 min]