Welcome to Bat Week! CPW biologist Lance Carpenter loves working with bats so much it's spooky. Hear him talk about bat myth vs fact, and stay tuned at the end for a hilariously batty joke.
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"Are we ready? Well welcome to bat week. We are here at Castlewood Canyon State Park. It’s a great place, it’s a beautiful night. We’re out here at night, because we’re putting these tiny transmitters on big brown bats. And what we want to do is we want find out where these bats are roosting during the day. But it gives us more information so we can actually help park managers in managing the resources of Castlewood Canyon State Park. Bats are probably one of the coolest animals there is. Absolutely, by far, one of the most amazing animals to work with. OK, so there’s a rumor that bats suck people’s blood and eat people’s flesh. Well they really don’t. In Colorado our bats are all insectivores, and they eat insects which is awesome. A big brown bat can eat hundreds and hundreds of mosquitoes every night. Bats are really cool, bats are a flying mammal, and their wings, if you hold up your hand, they’re a modified hand. And inside that wing you can actually almost see their fingers. And the webbing is kinda like our webbing between our fingers. One thing that is really cool about bats is they emit this, what we call echolocation, and that’s how they find their prey to eat. So, a lot of times when you see pictures in magazines of bats they’ll have their mouths open. And that’s because they’re actually emitting a sound it’s a series of clicks. It’s kinda like; click, click, click. So they send those clicks out and what happens is that click hits the prey and comes back to the bat. And as the bat flies closer and gets closer to the prey those clicks get faster and faster. They find the prey; click, click, click, click. And they get really close, and they eat it, and zip! And at the end we call it a feeding buzz. Something that’s really cool about bats is when they fly and they land they’re upside down and they use their feet to grab onto the substrate. It’s a reflex and they’re locked on, and it takes very, very little energy for them to hold onto the substrate. For as us, when we grab onto the monkey bars, we hold on, and we hold on, and we lose our grip, and we fall off. Well bats don’t do that. Sometimes when bats die, they’re actually are found in the cave, upside down still holding on. OK, I got a joke for ya. What is a bats greatest nightmare? Anybody know? Diarrhea."