#13. Bats are the Best! Bat Fun with Bat Biologist Lisa Gatens

Every day in the summer summer around dusk, I would look up above and see bats flying above my yard. I love bats, but so many people don’t. But bats are SO COOL!

In this episode I talk with my friend and bat biologist Lisa Gatens of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She’s been studying bats for about 20 years. In this interview, she tells us some amazing bat facts as well as tips on how to live alongside and help out bats. 

Bat biologist Lisa Gatens collecting data on a silver-haired bat. She is looking at the knuckle joints to see if the bones are fully ossified. If they aren't, this tells her that it is a juvenile. Photo by Kelley Stanfield.
Bat biologist Lisa Gatens collecting data on a silver-haired bat. She is looking at the knuckle joints to see if the bones are fully ossified. If they aren't, this tells her that it is a juvenile. Photo by Kelley Stanfield.

Specifically we go over…

  • Fun bat facts
    • Bat moms are bad ass
    • Tequila!
    • Vampire bats
  • Bat diversity
  • Why bats are important
  • What bats do for people
  • How to attract bats to your yard
  • Why do bats need our help?
  • What should you do if you have a bat in your house
  • Bats and disease
  • Bats and COVID-19
  • Bats are cute
  • And MORE!
Bat biologist Lisa Gatens talks about setting up mist nets on trails to catch bats for research. We saw these bats use trails in Amboli, India, when we were setting up camera traps near dusk.
Bat biologist Lisa Gatens talks about setting up mist nets on trails to catch bats for research. We saw these bats use trails in Amboli, India, when we were setting up camera traps near dusk.

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Resources and Sources Mentioned in Bats are the Best

Cute Bat Photos from Bat Biologist Lisa Gatens:

Hoary bat. Isn't it cute?
Hoary bat. Isn't it cute? Photo by Heather Wallace.
Southeastern Myotis bat. Photo by Jack Grider.
Southeastern Myotis bat. Photo by Jack Grider.
Big-eared bat. Photo by Jack Grider. This one looks like it is smiling!
Red bat. Photo by Jack Grider.
Red bat. Photo by Jack Grider.
Lisa's favorite bat! The Eastern small-footed bat.
Lisa's favorite bat! The Eastern small-footed bat.

An amazing documentary on bat biologist Dr. Rodrigo Medellín, the "bat man" of Mexico.

Lesser long-nosed bat. One of the bats that pollinates the blue agave plant used to make tequila.

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