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Bat Adventures Bat Rescues

It’s been hot and humid this week, which means lots of bugs out, which means lots of bats! Or… usually means lots of bats. Oddly, I only hear one tonight near Lithuania Park. I’m certain there were many more, but there was a crowd of people in the park, so I decided not to walk into the park. Physical distancing and all of that jazz.

As with all animals, bats can get injured and will require care. I cannot stress this enough! DO NOT TOUCH THE BAT. Keep an eye on the bat and call a bat rescue! Though I don’t want any one to be afraid of bats, they do carry the rabies virus and it is important that a profession come rescue the injured bat. They will be vaccinated and know how to handle a bat so further harm isn’t caused. A simple Google search will help you find a rescue near you.

In Ontario If you live in Ontario, here is a link to a list of rescues. http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

Around the World

Batzilla!

Megabattie

Bat World

Each time I post, I am going to also suggest music that goes with bat adventures! Today I’m suggesting Theadora Feu Follet.

Type of bats: likely a large brown bat
No. Mosquito bites: 0

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

Bat Adventures and Bats in the Movies

Bats have featured predominantly in many movies. Sometimes in supporting roles and sometimes as the main character. In the movies, bats are usually associated with sinister things such as vampires or death. Sometimes, they are a foreboding message and generally, you see them in crypts, graveyards and creepy old Victorians. Thing is, bats live everywhere! Bats are good for our environment.

As you will know from reading my many posts, I’m a lover of classic movies, so this list will be mainly from that category. You are also going to see a few Bela Lugosi movies listed here as well. We all need more Bela in our lives.

Le Manoir du diable (1896) The movies begins with very clever Silent Movie special effects.

The Kiss of the Vampire (1962) I love Hammer movies and I especially love this one! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057226/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The Bat (1926) A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

The Bat Whispers (1930) This is a remake of the 1926 version of The Bat. I don’t generally like remakes, but this is a really great edition to bat movies.

The Bat (1959) We can’t have a list of bat movies without Vincent Price!

Dracula (1931) This is by far one of my all time favourite Bela Lugosi films ever!

The Vampire Bat (1933) The stunning Faye Ray is in another of my favourite bat movies!

The Devil Bat (1940) I also love this movie and of course it has Bela Lugosi! I warned you!

Here are a few great articles about bats in the movies.

https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-bat-films

https://english.manoramaonline.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/2018/08/04/these-bat-movies-will-give-you-the-creeps.html

Each time I post, I am going to also suggest music that goes with bat adventures! Today I’m suggesting is The House Of Haunt! Go buy their music here! https://thehouseofhaunt.bandcamp.com

Type of bats: Large Brown Bats
No. Mosquito bites: 0

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

Bat Adventures Bats and Crows and Crows and Bats.

Wait one minute! Aren’t these blog posts supposed to be about bats! Well… yes. They are, but it doesn’t mean I can’t be obsessed with two things! In addition to bats, I also love spiders, ravens and crows. As a matter of a fact, along with my bat sightings, I am also including crow sightings in the map I created (link at bottom of post).

I’ve noticed that since COVID has started I am starting to see Corvids, especially crows, return to my neighbourhood. This makes me incredibly happy as I always found it odd that crows are in almost every other neighbourhood in Toronto, why not mine! After all, we live near the biggest park in the city!

To learn more about Corvids, click here.

Type of bats: Large Brown Bats
No. Mosquito bites: 0

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

Bat Adventures & Vintage Campers

I’ve always had this fantasy of owning a late 1950s or 1960s Shasta camper. One that was small enough to pull behind a car and large enough to be comfortable for two people. We could travel the country from one coast to the other, seeing all of the sights Canada has to offer and in the evening we would sit under our awning, have a BBQ and when dusk approached, get out our bat detector and see what the night has to offer up.

I’ve always loved bats and these days want to do more than just looks for them. I want to learn all I can about them. Understand their calls and be able to visually identify different types of bats when I see them fly overhead. Mother Nature Network has a pretty good guide on what different bat species look like up close and personal. However, this is just a small list.

For North America there are several types and we see many of them here in Toronto. Below is a handy picture guide.

Additionally, here are some more bat picture charts.

Each time I post, I am going to also suggest music that goes with bat adventures! Today I’m suggesting Mark Malibu & The Wasagas. I think that surf music goes with vintage campers and summer. I also think it goes with bat adventures.

Website: https://wasagas.com/

Type of bats: Large Brown Bats
No. Mosquito bites: 0

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

The Return Of The Bat Adventures

It’s been a bit stressful lately. I know I’m not the only one. A way to blow off steam and bring a bit of happiness back it to go on… wait for it. BAT ADVENTURES! Zoltan saw bats the other day so I knew it was time to get back out there. I popped a couple fresh triple A’s into the Bat Seeker (the amount of times I’ve linked to them and sent people to them, I think they should send me an extra detector) and off we went. We were not disappointed.

We saw quite a few bats tonight. It was 18 degrees with a cool breeze. Even though it wasn’t a hot and humid night, there were still quite a few bugs out. Tonight we decided to go down an alley way and I’m happy to report, it was a good idea. Right away there were two bats chasing each other and likely gobbling up bugs.

So yes! It begins again! I am also going to continue to update my bat map. And to clear up something. No, this is not to help you avoid them. You cannot avoid them. Bats are everywhere, you likely just don’t see them. I am updating the map as research for myself and for anyone else who loves bats. Along with this I will also post bat info. Not today, maybe not every post, but I will add important information about bats.

Hopefully, soon friends can join us.

Each time I post, I am going to also suggest music that goes with bat adventures! Today I’m suggesting my good fiend Thea‘s band Night Chill. Please head over to Bandcamp and buy some of their music!

http://nightchill.bandcamp.com/track/london-fog

Type of bats: Large Brown Bat
No. Mosquito bites: NONE! Yeah!

Here is a link I’ve created to all of our bat sightings.

Important: Do not handle bats. They can carry the rabies virus. Only those who have been properly vaccinated and have knowledge of bats should be handling them. If you find a bat in your home call a bat rescue. Do not call an exterminator, call a rescue. Bats are important for our environment. I have links below for rescues.

Types of bats in Ontario: https://onnaturemagazine.com/bat-guide.html
High Park Nature Centre: https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Mammals.Bats
Bat rescues: http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca/wildlifecentres/?care=bat

Stay The Fuck Home Bats, Bats, Bats Edition

I can’t wait until the weather is warmer and we can finally break out the bat detector and head out for our nightly bat walks. I absolutely love bats and last summer I blogged about it when we went out. I also added information about bats in each post. I will do the same again this year. If you want to read about our adventures and learn about bats, I have provided all of the links below!

BATS AND MOSQUITO BITES! (July 15, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/07/15/bats-and-mosquito-bites/

LET’S GET BATTY!!! (July 21, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/07/21/lets-get-batty/

WHERE IS MY BAT SIGNAL? (July 28, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/07/28/where-is-my-bat-signal/

BAT ADVENTURES AND CROW SIGHTING MAP (August 3, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/08/03/bat-adventures-and-crow-sighting-map/

MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT BATS (August 5, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/08/05/myths-and-truths-about-bats/

BATS, BATS AND MORE BATS! (August 11, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/08/11/bats-bats-and-more-bats/

THE BAT DAYS OF AUGUST (August 19, 2019) https://lizzieviolet.com/2019/08/19/the-bat-days-of-august/

But… You promised bats!

Where have the bat posts gone? You promised us bats! Yes. Yes I did, however, life got in the way. Since my last post I had a bad reaction to all of the mosquitos bites I got and things in general got really busy! Due to all of that, I haven’t had time to get out for our regular dusk strolls. But do not fret, I have a new adventure that I will be posting about soon.

During the glorious month of Halloween, my Gomez (aka my husband) and I will be heading off for an adventure in Japan! I’ve been dreaming of this trip for many years and I’m beyond excited that we will finally be going! One of the best parts (besides seeing family and visiting all of the things on my crazy ‘to visit’ list) is that our first few nights we will be staying in a hotel with a giant Godzilla head on top of it! GOJIRA!!! Ask me how excited I am. No really. Ask me!

Back to bats for a moment. Japan has a lot of bats and I will be taking our bat detector with us. To find out more about The Ryukyu Flying Fox click here and for the Japanese House Bat click here.

In writing news, I am doing my (I swear it this time) final read through of Freaks & Grimm and then it is off to a couple more readers. Once I get their feedback, it is being sent to a publisher. I loved writing this book, but I have another story scratching at my brain currently (a 1930s based novel), as well as another novel idea for the continuing story of Freaks & Grimm.

If we are able to fit in a few more Bat Adventures before the cooler weather drives them into hibernation I will do a blog post .