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Bats

Secondary, Middle

Description

In this short presentation developed by the National Wildlife Federation for Environment Canada’s Hinterland Who’s Who series, students are introduced to these unique mammals. Close-up images effectively demonstrate how bats maneuver, find food and impact insect populations.  The program ends with information on some different ways students can help bats. 

Nineteen species of bats have been recorded in Canada and 17 of them are regular residents. In many ways, bats are typical mammals. They are warm-blooded, give birth to live young and suckle them. Their ability to fly sets them apart from all other mammals. Their wings are folds of skin supported by elongated finger, hand, and arm bones. Wing membranes attach to the sides of the body and the hind legs. In Canadian species, the tail is enclosed in the membranes. Resting bats usually hang head downward so that taking flight means just letting go!

General Assessment

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This video would serve as excellent introduction to a unit on ecosystems and food chains. It could also contribute to a discussion of biodiversity.

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    • Appreciating the Natural World
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