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Meet Ali,

The Northern
Long-Eared Bat
(​Myotis Septentrionalis)

The northern long-eared bat is a wide-ranging, federally endangered bat species, found in 37 states and eight provinces in North America. The species typically overwinters in caves or mines and spends the remainder of the year in forested habitats. As its name suggests, the northern long-eared bat is distinguished by its long ears, particularly as compared to other bats in the genus Myotis.

Northern long-eared bats are called "whispering bats" because they can   echolocate very quietly to sneak up on insects that can hear normal echolocation calls.  Their  wings are shaped differently than other myotis bats, which makes them slow fliers but also makes them very good at navigating through forests and hovering to catch insects on plants.

 

Although there are many threats to the species, the predominant threat by far is white-nose syndrome. If this disease had not emerged, it is unlikely the northern long-eared bat would be experiencing such a dramatic population decline.  Since symptoms were first observed in New York in 2006, white-nose syndrome has spread rapidly throughout the species' range in the United States. Numbers of northern long-eared bats, gathered from hibernacula counts, have declined by 97 to 100% across the species’ range.

A Bit About Me

How I'm Made

 

I'm 3D printed using a process called Multi-Jet Fusion MJF.  While I'm made out of a durable material called Nylon 12 PA, my color is not as durable.  I prefer cool dark places, away from direct sunlight and moisture.  

 

As a bat, I like to hang upside-down or vertically on a surface by my feet away from predators such pets and small children.

As my feet have magnets to help me stick to metal surfaces, I should be kept away from sensitive electronics.

I am an art object, not a toy.  I am collectible and displayable for ages 15+. 

WARNING

SMALL PARTS CHOKING HAZARD!

NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 15!

Materials: NYLON 12, MAGNETS

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All proceeds from the Last Chance to See Capsule Machine go to Bat Conservation International. Please visit batcon.org for more information about how your can help contribute to bat conservation and research.

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