JoEllen has had a passion for bats for many years. She loves to travel around the world to see and photograph some of the more than 1400 species of bats and to share what she learns. About 10 years ago, she started helping with the rescue and rehabilitation of our local native bats with NorCal Bats.
For the International Bat Night event, she told the story of "Arden", a Hoary Bat who came into care with NorCal Bats in February. Arden was found on a gravel driveway in a residential neighborhood off Arden Way. She looked fine but could not fly. Her right wrist was swollen, and over time, Arden’s wing membranes deteriorated horribly. It is thought that she was suffering from Wing Wasting Syndrome which is caused by a bacteria in the soil. After being treated with antibiotics, the deterioration was stopped, but Arden will probably never be able to fly well enough to be released. Toward the end of April however, it became clear that she was pregnant!
Arden gave birth to a male and a female pup in early May, right on schedule for a Hoary Bat. Sadly, the female pup did not survive her first night, but the male has grown up to be a beautiful Hoary Bat. He will be going to a flight cage for flight practice and it is hoped that he will be released shortly thereafter.
Thank you JoEllen for all you do in rescuing and caring for our local bat population! Go to NorCalBats.org to learn more about how you can help our local bats. Donations and volunteers are always needed!
If you would like to see the video about the Hoary Bats, it is the first 20 minutes of this segment from International Bat Night. Click on this link: