Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's A Bat Tunnel Extravaganza With The Scientific Mom and AZ Game and Fish!

This post covers the epic turnout for our field trip to the Phoenix Bat Tunnel. For information on both Bat Tunnel locations, as well as further reading and educational resources, please scroll to the bottom of this page!

Bats emerging out of the 24th Street overflow tunnel in Phoenix.
Photo Credit: Eric Proctor, AZ Game and Fish Dept.
Ever since we found out about the urban colony of  Mexican Free Tailed Bats in Phoenix, Kat and I have gone every summer to check them out. Every year, between the months of May through October, we make our way to one of the downtown overflow tunnels to hang out with 10-15,000 Mexican Free Tailed Bats! Last year, we decided to invite our friends and fellow community members to join us. We had approximately 40 people come out to learn all about megabats, microbats, bat anatomy, echolocation, and of course, to see the colony of Mexican Free Tailed Bats as they took off to hunt for the night!

Our first field trip to the Phoenix Bat Tunnel was a great success!
Photo Credit: Devon Adams 2013

Last year's field trip went so well, we decided to make it an annual event. This time, my good friend Eric Proctor, the Wildlife Educational Coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, got involved with us and threw in some wonderful surprises! Not only would we invite our fellow nature lovers out with us again, but this year our presentation would include mummified bats, live bats, bat skulls and skeletons, and sonar listening devices that we could use to listen to the bats as they used echolocation to hunt at night!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's An Intergalactic Geek Extravaganza At Burton Barr!

Have you ever wanted to have story-time with Darth Vader? Have you ever wanted to meet real superheroes and find out where they got there powers from? Have you ever wanted to hang out with real Jedi Knights as you work to protect the galaxy?

Pretty In Pink
Darth Vader at Burton Barr Library
If you love Superheroes, Science, or Star Wars, then you're going to love what the Phoenix Public Library has to offer this month! As a part of their library card extravaganza, the month of September is going to be packed with all things geek! The only tickets you need to get in can be found on your library card! If you don't have a Phoenix Public Library card, do not fear! They can sign you up at the door (it's free!), as you waltz your way into the a geek's paradise.