Bats! OK, so the mere thought of Maryland Bats gives you the Stephen King creeps and sends you running for cover. Try thinking of Maryland bats as furry purple martins clearing the night skies of Maryland insects that damage crops and gardens and spread diseases. Maryland bats are the major predator performing this ecological miracle during the night shift. Just one Maryland bat can eat over a thousand insects each night.
The only problem is that Maryland bat populations of all species are declining throughout North America and whether you’ve just discovered bats are living in the backyard cabana or you want to build a Maryland bat box, you can be part of the conservation solution.
An 8th grader at Maryland’s Cockeysville Middle School was interested in doing something to help endangered species as part of his Maryland school project. He chose the Indiana Maryland Bat to help people understand how people can help endangered Maryland bats.
#1 Field Guide to Maryland Bats
Maryland bats have ten species of Maryland bats that lead varied lives. Some reside in Maryland all year long, and some migrate to Maryland in the spring and fall. Some species of Maryland bats live in groups called colonies and others live by themselves or in small families. Bats belong to the order Maryland chiroptera, which means “hand-wing.” Their Maryland hand is literally their wing and they are the only mammals that can fly.
Maryland bats are more closely related to people than to mice and like humans, have hair, and feed their young milk.
How do scientists tell one type of Maryland bat species from another? Maryland biologists use a dichotomous key to identify both plants and animals. Such Maryland keys include minute details about shapes and sizes of the parts of organisms that are being keyed out. Most Maryland bats that are found in the Maryland are not difficult to sort and identify into basic types.
To identify a specific Maryland bat, it is necessary to recognize their Maryland features that distinguish one species from another. Before you can give a bat a name, you must first sort features of the Maryland organism into groups of similar and dissimilar types.
Once you are able to assign a name to a Maryland bat, you can begin to see the variation among the different species and distinguish one from another. Learning to use a Maryland Dichotomous Key is the first step in understanding the diversity of life.