"Go to Bat!" Game for International Bat Week 2017

We are very proud to introduce this free, printable bat trivia game, which was put together as a collaboration between Sticks and Stones Rescue and The Save Lucy Campaign, with guidance and input from Project EduBat.

In keeping with this year's slogan for International Bat Week- "Going to bat for bats!", the game has been designed with a loosely baseball-styled look. Later, we plan to re-release the game without Bat Week 2017 branding, and with the option of an advanced set of rules. 

We hope you find it fun and educational to play!

As always, if you appreciate the work we do, we would be eternally grateful if you would consider making a small donation to help enable us to continue.

Bats forever,

Jenni and Sarah

Sticks and Stones Rescue

 

Bat Organization Directory

If you need to find a bat rescuer near you immediately, we strongly recommend you utilize Bat World Sanctuary's excellent "Locate a Rescuer" Tool.

This is a general listing of bat organizations around the world who do any type of work with bats, ranging from small-scale wildlife rescues, to mid-sized designated sanctuaries, and large regional or international conservation and research groups.

North America


General


West

California


Southwest

Texas

Southeast

Florida


Midwest

Michigan

Indiana

Missouri

Virginia


Northeast

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

New York


Global

How to Help Bats

1. Put up a bat house

Bats need a place to live! Putting up a bat house in your yard could provide shelter to hundreds of bats, depending on how big the bat house is. You can either purchase one, or build one yourself.

2. Put a water source in your yard

Like all other animals, bats need to drink water. Installing a small pond or bird bath in your yard can be very helpful for bats, especially in times of drought.

3. Install a pollinator garden

While the bats of San Antonio aren't pollinators, a lot of the bugs they feed on are. Plant night-blooming flowers to attract moths to create a batty buffet!

4. Let your garden go wild

The best homes for bats are the ones naturally created for them. Bats and other wildlife often hide away in dead trees and messy foliage. Northern Yellow bats in particular love to live in dead palm tree fronds, while Eastern Red bats will roost in leaf litter. So if you do decide to clean up your yard, please do so carefully!

5. Safely exclude bats from your house

Sometimes bats decide they want to live with people. While bats a great, having them in our homes is not. It is, however, possible to safely remove them from your house through a process called exclusion. Bat exclusions can be done by a number of professional humane pest control companies.

6. Be a friend to bats

Here at Sticks and Stones Rescue, we try to change everyone's minds about bats. Unfortunately, we can't talk to every single person, so that's where you come in! It's up to you to help educate your friends and family about the importance of bats, and how to help bats. We'd also love it if you'd use our webform to tell us when you see a negative reference to bats in media, so that we can address it in future content!

7. Support bat rehabilitation and conservation

There are a lot of different organizations that teach people about bats, rehabilitate them back to health, or fund research to study them. Few of them receive government funding and rely on donations to make their work possible. Consider donating to help them continue their great work.

8. Don't eat bats!!!

This may sound silly, but in other countries bats are eaten by humans for food. If you travel to those countries, don't eat a bat! It may be a threatened species, and because bats can carry diseases, it may not be safe.

Bats of San Antonio and Texas

Review the species flashcards below, then test your knowledge with a quiz! (coming soon)

Species in San Antonio

According to available recorded data, the San Antonio area has 10 different species of bats (Davis and Schmidly, 1994) .

  • Tadarida brasiliensis - Brazilian (Mexican) Free-tailed Bat
  • Nycticeius humeralis - Evening Bat
  • Lasiurus borealis - Eastern Red Bat
  • Lasiurus intermedius - Northern Yellow Bat
  • Myotis velifer - Cave Myotis
  • Perimyotis subflavus - Tricolored Bat
  • Eptesicus fuscus - Big Brown Bat
  • Nyctinomops macrotis - Big Free-tailed Bat
  • Lasiurus cinereus - Hoary Bat
  • Lasionycteris noctivagans - Silver-haired Bat

Species in Texas

There are 33 species of bats in 4 families documented in the state of Texas. Some species are known only from a single specimen, while others are much more numerous in collections. This taxonomy follows Manning, R.W., C. Jones, and F.D. Yancey. 2008. Annotated checklist of recent land mammals of Texas, 2008. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 278: 1-18. Species marked with (!) are designated as Threatened by TPWD. Species marked with (!!) are designated as Endangered by TPWD.

Mormoopidae

  • Mormoops megalophylla - Ghost-faced Bat

Phyllostomatidae

  • Choeronycteris mexicana - Mexican Long-tongued Bat
  • Leptonycteris nivalis - Mexican Long-nosed Bat(!!)
  • Diphylla ecaudata - Hairy-legged Vampire

Vespertilionidae

  • Myotis austroriparius - Southeastern Myotis
  • Myotis californicus - California Myotis
  • Myotis ciliolabrum - Western Small-footed Myotis
  • Myotis occultus - Southwestern Little Brown Myotis
  • Myotis septentrionalis - Northern Long-eared Myotis
  • Myotis thysanodes - Fringed Myotis
  • Myotis velifer - Cave Myotis
  • Myotis volans - Long-legged Myotis
  • Myotis yumanensis - Yuma Myotis
  • Lasiurus blossevillii - Western Red Bat
  • Lasiurus borealis - Eastern Red Bat
  • Lasiurus cinereus - Hoary Bat
  • Lasiurus ega - Southern Yellow Bat(!)
  • Lasiurus intermedius - Northern Yellow Bat
  • Lasiurus seminolus - Seminole Bat
  • Lasiurus xanthinus - Western Yellow Bat
  • Lasionycteris noctivagans - Silver-haired Bat
  • Parastrellus hesperus - American Parastrelle
  • Perimyotis subflavus - Tricolored Bat (formerly classified as Pipistrellus subflavus and commonly Eastern Pippistrelle, American Perimyotis)
  • Eptesicus fuscus - Big Brown Bat
  • Nycticeius humeralis - Evening Bat
  • Euderma maculatum - Spotted Bat*
  • Corynorhinus rafinesquii - Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat(!)
  • Corynorhinus townsendii - Townsend's Big-eared Bat
  • Antrozous pallidus - Pallid Bat

Molossidae

  • Tadarida brasiliensis - Brazilian (Mexican) Free-tailed Bat
  • Nyctinomops femorosaccus - Pocketed Free-tailed Bat
  • Nyctinomops macrotis - Big Free-tailed Bat
  • Eumops perotis - Western Mastiff Bat

Where do bats live in Texas?

To get a quick visualization, have a look at our Bat Track map! Bats can live in caves, man-made structures like bridges and buildings, and even trees! Tree bats will roost in trunk holes, underneath peeling bark, and some bats, such as Yellow bats in particular, roost under the dead hanging fronds of palm trees! (You can use this an excuse not to trim them, but if you must trim, please choose a trimming company who is aware of this and will humanely remove or work around any bats that may be in your tree.)

Threats to Bats of Texas

Texas bats primarily have to deal with the threat of humans, feral cats, and wind turbines. However, White Nose Syndrome may become a threat in the future.

Who works with bats in Texas?

You may refer to our Bat Organization Directory to find all the wonderful organizations who have bat-related missions.