Apologies for the lack of updates recently!
First was Calliope’s illness, then my mother had a double mastectomy for recurring cancer, and things have just been steamrolling–I even had to take time off from Volunteering at WCC : /
However I’m hoping things will calm down soon (granted the holiday crazy time is just around the corner) and I’ve even applied to work PT at WCC! Wish me luck!
Stick with me and more will come 🙂
Reminder: The Bat Nursery is seasonal (May through Sept.) so there won’t be any new updates there until spring.
Bartok is continuing on his diet and flight training.
Unfortunately due to some family health issues I won’t be able to go to WCC for a while so this is the last update on him.
Baby bat season is June through August so Thrive’s Bat Nursery will be closed down until next season.
It was a great first season and I look forward to many more!
Stay tuned for more Thrive projects!
I’m working on organizing Thrive and the projects we’re working on–stay tuned!
I was finally able to get to the WCC and check on Bartok today!
He is now a whopping 20 grams! So, per the vet, is now on a diet lol
Unfortunately the vet also heard some fluid in his lungs and so is also on antibiotics.
He’s also not doing very well with learning to fly, which –if that doesn’t change–would mean he can’t be released and might become an education animal.
In other news, I learned how to take care of the WCC’s education bats today–more about them next week 🙂
If you happen to be in the northern Ohio area on September 8th or 9th come to the WCC fundraiser Wine for Wildlife from 6-9pm:
Flu like symptoms on top of over stimulation sucks.
I’ll do everything I can to be back next week!
I apologize for not having a Bartok update this week, a mix of a stubborn cold and my depression kicking up has derailed me the past few days.
More next week!
Bartok was angry today lol
Unfortunately he had lost some weight, so I fed him and gave him some love 🙂
I also learned how to flight train him!
WCC has a flight room where I squatted in, held him about a foot above the ground, then slowly and gently force him to open his wings.
He would flap a couple times then sort of drop/glide to the ground lol We did that 5 times then he finally got to go back into the reparium to rest–with his friend!
That’s right, Bartok has a friend now thanks to a different sub-permitter who only takes juvenile and adult bats.
As far as I know he doesn’t have a name (he’s another juvenile male), but he can feed himself and fly! He’s quiet and didn’t do much for me–he was probably scared–but he and Bartok seem to be doing well together 🙂
When I first got him vs before he left:
Bartok left us this week to learn how to feed himself and fly at WCC!
And while I’m sad that I didn’t have the equipment to keep him until release, I am extremely excited that he is healthy, growing, and thriving!
When I took him to WCC they had me set up his pre-flight cage and fill out intake paperwork. He will most likely stay at WCC, however another sub-permittee has more equipment for bats and another juvenile–so hopefully Bartok will make a friend 🙂
Thrive has joined iNaturalist and begun a bat project!