This Bat Guide is fun to look at on a snowy winter night. Try it, it’s free and it’s here! It’s interesting and you might even find it useful. It’s not just me that finds this kind of thing fascinating; a friend I sent the URL to replied: “Thanks, Ian! That gave me quite a lift, coming in from a cold day out of the house. I vote “Little brown myotis bat” the winner in the beauty contest.” So, give the Bat Guide a try!
Ontario Nature’s Bat Guide comes replete with wonderful Bat Facts (or useless trivia, depending on your personal bent). Such as “Bat fact: Eastern tricolored bats lose up to 30 percent of their body mass during hibernation between October and April. During spring and summer, they are efficient predators, catching an insect every two seconds and, in a mere 30 minutes, are able to increase their body mass by 25 percent.”
“A lactating little brown myotis bat needs to consume her full body weight in insects every night, equivalent to some 5,000 mosquitoes.”
Other information is interesting too such as that Little Brown Bats weigh 5 to 14 grams – that’s less than half an ounce
There is a section on White Nose Syndrome, a new fungus disease currently attacking North American bats and the short guide ends with some bat conservation tips.