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How Well Do You Know The Indiana Bat?

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  1. What is the Indiana Bat's scientific name?

    Myotis sodalis
    Indianus batus
    Pavo cristatus
    Homo sapiens
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    Myotis Sodalis

  2. Do you know what the Indiana Bat looks like?

    Brown fur, Pointed ears, and a Flat nose
    Via news.nationalgeographic.com
    Brown fur, Pointed ears, and a Flat nose
    Small to Medium size, dark grey or brown fur, and pink underparts
    Via bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com
    Small to Medium size, dark grey or brown fur, and pink underparts
    A 6 ft tall man with a mask and cape
    Via vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net
    A 6 ft tall man with a mask and cape
    Brown or Orange Fur, Dark Wings, Slightly Yellow Eyes
    Via i1.treknature.com
    Brown or Orange Fur, Dark Wings, Slightly Yellow Eyes
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    Small to Medium size, dark grey or brown fur, and pink underparts

    The Indiana Bat is a small to medium sized bat with grey or brown fur. It has pink underparts and small feet. The Indiana Bat has about a 10 inch wingspan and weighs around 1/4 of an ounce. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2017) They also have short hairs on their feet as well as small bones that extend outwards from their ankles. (Kentucky Bat Working Group, 2017)

    Small to Medium size, dark grey or brown fur, and pink underparts
    Via bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com
  3. Where does the Indiana Bat live?

    The American Northeast, Midwest, and South
    Via city-data.com
    The American Northeast, Midwest, and South
    Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio
    Via umtrc.org
    Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio
    Via umtrc.org
    Everywhere except for Indiana.
    Via upload.wikimedia.org
    Everywhere except for Indiana.
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    The American Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast

    The Indiana Bat is native to many states in the U.S., including: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia. (USFWS, 2017) Even though Indiana Bat populations are very spread out, estimates have shown that their populations have decreased by nearly half since1967. (USFWS, 2017)

    The American Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast
    Via city-data.com
  4. When was the Indiana Bat put on the endangered species list?

    1967
    1983
    1999
    2006
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    1967

    The Indiana Bat was first put on the endangered species list on March 11, 1967. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service currently lists the Indiana Bat as endangered. (USFWS, 2017) However, the IUCN Red List has the Indiana Bat as classified as "near threatened" (IUCN, 2017)

  5. What is the Indiana Bat's suspected current location?

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    The Indiana Bat currently lives throughout the midwest and northeast United States. In the winter, Indiana Bat populations in the North migrate to hibernate in caves in the south. As of now, half of the total Indiana Bat population lives in Southern India

    The Indiana Bat currently lives throughout the midwest and northeast United States. In the winter, Indiana Bat populations in the North migrate to hibernate in caves in the south. As of now, half of the total Indiana Bat population lives in Southern India
  6. What type of habitat does the Indiana Bat prefer?

    Summer: Open Prairie
Winter: Forest
    Via arcadiasim.com
    Summer: Open Prairie Winter: Forest
    Summer: Cave
Winter: Cave
    Via wordpress.com
    Summer: Cave Winter: Cave
    Summer: Forests
Winter: Caves
    Via lovethesepics.com
    Summer: Forests Winter: Caves
    Summer: Beach
Winter: Forest
    Via static.panoramio.com
    Summer: Beach Winter: Forest
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    Summer: Forests Winter: Caves

    During their winter hibernation season, the Indiana Bat needs a cold and moist cave with very specific temperature and humidity conditions. Very few caves meet these requirements, so the Indiana Bat populations are concentrated in a small number of caves. In the summer, the Indiana Bats inhabit a variety of environments, such as forests, where they sleep under tree bark during the day. (Kentucky Bat Working Group, 2017)

    Summer: Forests
Winter: Caves
  7. What has caused the Indiana Bat population to decrease?

    Human Disturbance
    Via naturalheritage.com
    Human Disturbance
    Cave Commercialization
    Via tipsforfamilytrips.com
    Cave Commercialization
    Habitat Destruction
    Via abcbirds.org
    Habitat Destruction
    White-Nose Fungus
    Via texasinvasives.org
    White-Nose Fungus
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    All of the above

    Over time, the Indiana Bat population has shrunk substantially due to human disturbances in their homes, habitat destruction, including cave commercialization, and diseases such as white nose syndrome, or "Geomyces destructans". (USFWS, 2017) When humans construct within caves or make changes to the natural characteristics of a cave, the Bats may no longer be able to live in that habitat. (USFWS, 2017) Also, deforestation eliminates the Bat's habitats in the summer, the time in which they reproduce. White Nose Syndrome is caused by a fungus found in caves where the Indiana Bats live. (IUCN, 2017) Bats with white nose syndrome may lose their fat during wintertime, fly during daytime, or leave the cave before their hibernation time is over. This disease has a 90-100% mortality rate for the bats that are affected. (WNS, 2017) No matter the cause, Indiana Bat populations are very susceptible because of how close together they hibernate. This habit along with the relatively small amount of caves that they live in leaves the Indiana Bat extremely vulnerable. (USFWS, 2017)

  8. Do you want to see my sources?

    Yes :)
    No :(
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    Yes :)

    https://docs.google.com/a/stoneridgeschool.org/document/d/1w4jabjlpHH3upzmpdxByzb91S3eSlqjYjwLbzyo-i6s/edit?usp=sharing

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