Lasiurus borealis … Wild spirits of the woods!  The best kept secret out there is that these incredible beings are living in our own back yards and hardly anyone even knows they’re there.  A red bat hiding in plain sight in a green tree seems like it would be grackle bait but they are amazingly hard to find; indeed many birders spend much of their lives looking in trees and have never seen one.
This is a bat with a wild intelligence and a playful personality; they’re fun loving little trouble-makers and a joy to get to know.

Here’s a red bat family with orphan Michele wanting to be adopted

Here’s the same mum (second from the right) with her four boy)s (nice save Laurie Dreesen!, still hanging together as a family even though they have been weaned.

Here’s at red bat male spending the day as a bat bud, waiting for night to fall to bloom into an insect hunting machine!

They use their tail as a blanket and a poncho, they get soaking wet and five minutes after the rain stops, they shake like a dog and are dry and fluffy again!

Fun in the summertime.  Up to 40 free-flying bats at the height of pup season!

austin bat presentations outreach education talksHere’s a link to the IUCN Red List range map for Lasiurus borealis.
http://maps.iucnredlist.org/map.html?id=11347

IUCN Red List range map Lasiurus borealis

And here’s a link to the IUCN Red List species details.
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/11347/0

Some of our favorite rehab bats