Scholastic and AMNH present Scicence Explorations Soar with Bats: Night Fliers of the Skies
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Backyard Science
Putting It Together

Imagine you've accompanied Dr. Nancy Simmons on a nighttime field expedition to study bats.
Your challenge: Observe how bats have adapted over time.

Bat Watch
Can you determine what a bat eats from the way it looks? Go

How have other animals adapted? Go
Chiroptera (ki-rop-ter-a)
The scientific order or group to which bats belong

Frugivore (fruhg-i-vore)
An animal that primarily eats fruit

Insectivore (in-sekt-iv-or)
An animal that primarily eats insects

Nose Leaf (nohz-leef)
A growth on the nose of some bats that appears to play a role in what direction echolocation signals are sent

Tail Membrane (tayl-mem-brane)
A wing-like, thin skin that stretches between the legs of most bats. The bat’s tail may be enclosed in the tail membrane or stick out above it, depending on the species.