Thursday, 20 November 2014

All About Bats!

We were fortunate to have a visit from Jon from Oak Hammock March this week.  His topic on this visit was Creatures of the Night - Bats!
He told us about the many types of bats.  We had heard of vampire bats before and had some of the myths dispelled that we had heard about them.  We had never heard of the tiny Bumblebee Bat or the Flying Fox Bat.
Jon told us about the five types of bats that can be found in Manitoba.
He even showed us a skeleton of one.  The tiny bones amazed us!
This brown bat had been taxidermied and it gave us the opportunity to see one close up.  So many kids thought it looked like a mouse, with wings!
Jon also showed us a bat house and explained how the opening at the bottom helps them feel comfortable enough to roost there during the day so they are ready to go hunting at night.

He saved the best for last when he showed us how to play a game called Bat - Moth.  It is a lot like Marco Polo.  The bat was blindfolded and had to say "Bat".  The moth would reply "Moth" and would try to avoid being tagged.  It is like the adaptation that bats have called echolocation that helps them find their prey in the dark.

All in all, we learned to appreciate bats and especially when he showed us how many mosquitoes each bat east every day!  Thanks to the West Souris River Conservation District for once again sponsoring this educational experience for Reston School.


  1. William (Boissevain School)9:31 am, November 28, 2014


  2. Brett (Boissevain School)9:36 am, November 28, 2014

    Wow! Sounds like you guys had fun learning about bats! I am in grade four at Boissevain School. Do any of you guys play hockey? I might have played you last year! :)

  3. Kolten b.hunt boissevain school9:36 am, November 28, 2014

    Bats are really cool.

  4. Mrs.Lamb/Boissevain School9:37 am, November 28, 2014

    Good Morning Ms. Simms!
    We are exploring your blog right now and we are all enjoying it! What a great classroom you have! The kids are listening to the videos. Thank you for commenting on our posts.
    Mrs. Lamb

  5. JULIA ( BOISSEVAIN SCHOOL )9:48 am, November 28, 2014

    Hi I am Julia and I think that bats are cool.Do you guys play hockey I could have played you last year.

  6. We read the book SILVERWING last year in grade 5 & 6. I was never fascinated by bats until we read that book! I recommend it for you to read when you get older or find someone who will read it to you this winter. You will enjoy it!
    I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to your class for winning the MASCOT NAMING CONTEST! Wow! That is very exciting! You should be very proud of your creativity. The Oil Caps had a lot of names to choose from. I'm glad they chose "DIGGER!" I look forward to meeting him at the hockey game. Enjoy your pizza prize!!!!!!!
    Mrs. Greig