Activate the Bat Signal! Bats Crowdsource Their Dialects

SCIENCE Are mothers or the collective cacophony of the colony more effective in teaching young bats how to communicate? (National Geographic) Go a little batty with our Creature Feature on nectar bats. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas New research documents how bats learn distinct “dialects.” What are bat dialects? Bat dialects simply describe … Continue reading Activate the Bat Signal! Bats Crowdsource Their Dialects

Featured Creatures: Nectar Bats

There are more than 1,200 species of bats around the world, all of which fall into one of two big groups: megabats and microbats. You can probably guess which ones are typically– though not always– larger! Megabats include all of the fruit and nectar bats in Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, and Oceania. Microbats include all of the insect-eating bats, as well as a large, … Continue reading Featured Creatures: Nectar Bats