Wells Youth Rec goes wild for bats –
Wells Youth Rec went wild for bats in a talk and game I presented on July 20. The kids have discovered that although bats may seem scary, they are misunderstood, important, and super cute.
I explained to Youth Rec campers that bats are just like humans. They both have hair, eat fruit or meat, and sing.
Although books and movies give bats a bad name and some people hate them, they are important.
My eyes widened when I said that guano, or bat dung, was used to produce gunpowder during the Civil War.
Bats disperse seeds over long distances, eat their body weight of pests every night, and pollinate plants. Thanks to bat pollinators, people enjoy peaches, mangoes, figs, cashews, bananas, chocolate and gum.
After I finished the presentation, the campers formed a large circle on the ball field as I explained the rules of the pollinator game. The campers pretended to be flowers growing in a field. They tossed bouncing ball bats and butterflies back and forth, sticking and taking pollen grains from pollinators. The flowers that were not pollinated died, and the students discovered that pollination was difficult.
I told the students that in my humble opinion bats are super cute. The conference ended with a photo montage of adorable furry bats.
Youth Rec is a community summer program that gives campers and staff the opportunity to have fun, learn, be creative and interact in a safe environment. This summer, the program hosted an average of 27 to 34 campers per day, ages 5 to 12.
Summer Rec director Mindy Morrison said this year’s special guests included HCSO / NYSP, Virginia Free Library (Grandma Grace), Different Drummer Dance, Titan’s Athletes and Birds of Prey. Councilors Vanessa, Mindy, Elise, Sierra, Peter, Raymond, Marek, Logan, Hally, Ava, Lily, Jocelyn, Daniel, Karyssa, Oliver, Danyell, Ruby and Ryleigh made the 2021 program a huge success.
The district has worked to manage and promote the wise use of natural resources in Hamilton County since 1965. For more information, visit www.hcswcd.com or call 518-548-3991.