bats

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 The Something Creepy Edition

I’ve always leaned more towards the creepy than the delightful. I prefer the world of creepy things. Haunted houses, bats, spiders, gothic novels, horror movies, spooky stories and Victorian Death Photography. I know many of my friends appreciate these things as well. I know that my tastes either turn people on or scare them away, however, I know everyone has a week bit of interest in the darker side of things. For today’s blog post, I am going to give you things to read or watch to either entertain you or educate you! Let’s be macabre together!

Haunted houses! I have always wanted to live in a creepy old, ghost filled Victorian. Nice ghosts of course. No one wants to live with assholes! Especially, those who can walk through walls.

Bats! If you been reading my blog. You know I love them! Go check out this article!

Spiders come in all shapes and sizes and we have a few living in our home. I know many of you are afraid of them, but trust me, a lot of them are harmless to humans and keep pests at bay in your home. If you see one, don’t kill it. If you really can’t stand it being in your home, carefully remove it.

Gothic novels are one of my favourite things to read. Frankenstein, Dracula, Varney the Vampire, Jane Eyre, the works of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, and many, many more! You can read many for free on Gutenburg.

Horror movies have been my favourite way to kill a couple hours. See what I did there. Kill a couple of hours… get it? Nevermind.

The classics such as Universal Monsters (Frankenstein, The Mummy, Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Werewolf, Dracula), or silent horror are my my all time favourites.

Spooky ghost stories are best told right before bed so you can have delightful nightmares! At least that is my favourite time to read them. This website has some good flash horror fiction if you can only handle it in a small bite at a time.
https://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2018/06/ghost-stories/

Victorian Death Photography (aka memento mori photography) is one of those topics that has a lot of fiction attached to it. It was a real thing, don’t at me about the fiction part. But there are many photos out there claiming to be Victorian Death Photography, aka , when in fact it’s a regular photo.

Atlas Obscura has a great article about Victorian photography and the contraptions used to help subjects still while the photo was being taken. It was necessary for the subject to be still because Daguerretype camera‘s required it due to the long exposure. Some contraptions called headclamps were used to keep the client still. Many photos showing the headclamp being used are wrongly labelled as Victorian Death Photography. Something to be aware of!

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/