Bats in the belfry – no wait – the library!

Pamela, Sophia, and Benjamin are eager to see the bat up close.

Bats are so popular around Halloween, but they are so amazing all year round, and they are so important to our environment around the globe.   There is much to learn about the bat world…

Did you know that most bats produce just one baby a year?  That makes them especially vulnerable to extinction.  Did you also know that the smallest mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, and it weighs less than  a penny!?

The Organization for Bat Conservation from the Cranbrook Institute of Science shared many amazing bat facts during September and October at all eight locations of the Grand Rapids Public Library.  There are over 1,000 species of bats world wide, and we were lucky to have an Egyptian fruit bat, a big brown bat, and a Jamaican leaf-nosed bat visit the library.

The instructor showed a short video on how bats use echolocation to navigate and hunt.   Everyone witnessed first hand how a bat detector works to detect live bats.  We could hear the bat using it’s echolocation system only when the bat detector was turned on — very cool!

The Grand Rapids Public Library hosted this informative and educational community event, and we want to extend an open invitation to all of our upcoming events … get smarter with us and check out other classes at!

Madison, Jonathan and Graydon study one of the bats.

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