Bat Barn

Barn Owls are found primarily in open to semi-open habitats and forests, as well as in cities and towns.

The Barn Owl feeds on small mammals, including bats, as well as other birds, lizards, frogs, insects and fish.

Great Horned Owl on display in the Bat Barn Exhibit

Did You Know?

Bats are the only mammals that truly fly.

Bats are placed in a group called 'Chiroptera’, which means hand-wing. Bats are grouped with primates and lemurs in a grand order called Archonta.

Bats are shy, gentle, and intelligent. The average life-span of a bat is 25 to 40 years. Most bat species have only one live young per year.

Bats are not blind. Most bats can see as well as humans. Fruit bats have eyesight that is adapted to low-light, much like cats. Fruit bats also see in color.

Not all bats are vampires. Of the world’s 1100+ species, only three are vampire bats limited mostly to Latin America. Vampire bats are very small (about the size of a package of M&Ms!). Vampire bats do not attack humans or suck our blood; they prefer to get their teaspoon-sized meals from other animals.

70% of bats are insectivores. 1097 species of bats eat insects, fruit, nectar and pollen. A few species eat fish and frogs. Insect-eating bats eat billions of tons of insects each summer. They protect our crops and keep our costs down at the market place!

Bats can fly 20 to 30 miles per hour, their average hunting speed is about 10 miles per hour. Bats can maneuver better than most birds - they can hover over one spot and can dodge obstacles easily.

Bat populations are declining. Half the bats in the US are listed as rare, threatened or endangered.

Bat Barn exhibit with interactive bat quiz, nocturnal room with bats, bat sounds and more.

Bats on display at the exhibit

Poster on display at the exhibit illustrating the many bats local to the United States of America

 

The sound you are listening to on this page is bats

 


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