Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) September 2018 - Page 22

KIDS FOR CONSERVATION Do you love animals and being outside? Become a Backyard Action Hero! A Backyard Action Hero is a kid or adult who is really into nature and wildlife and is ready to take action to protect them. They care about the animals and habitats in their own back- yards as well as all around the world. They know that to make a difference they not only need to learn, but also to act. The Toyota Backyard Action Hero Guidebook will help you learn all about the natural world around you and how you can help nature in need. Since the Louisville Zoo is a great place to learn about plants, animals and ways to help our wonder- ful world, it will also give you a peak at what’s happening at the Louisville Zoo! At right, see an excerpt from article about BATS from the newest 2018-2019 guidebook. Then, go online to read more at LouisvilleZoo.org/BAH! Presents SAVING SPECIES: N A TURE IN N EED BATTY FOR BATS! Did you know Indiana bats are really helpful creatures? Some people think they are scary, but bats help us out by eating all kinds of pesky flying insects found along rivers and lakes. Their role in insect control is huge — these little bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in an hour! No Bats in Sight? Indiana bats are classified as near threatened. In 2007, a terrible disease called white-nose syndrome hurt hibernating bats in North America. Named for a white fungus that appears on the nose of the bat, white-nose syndrome causes strange behavior during cold winter months. Bats might wake up early from hibernation, fly outside, or group together near the entrance of the cave where it’s too cold! This disease has killed a lot bats. Right now scientists are studying the disease to develop ways to control it. Bats are sensitive! They have a hard time recovering if bothered during their hibernation period. Indiana bats have very little stored fat to get them through the winter. Every time a bat wakes from hibernation, it uses energy. It needs that energy to survive all winter until the insects return. These bats like to hibernate in large groups. If a cave is just right, there could be as many as 50,000 bats living there! That is a lot bats all in one location. We should be careful not to disturb them. LOOK INSIDE! Activities and articles align with grades K – 5 science and English language arts standards. 22 • Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Fall 2018