He doesn’t exactly play with them, but he studies them from his home on a farm in south Lubbock County, and he can speak authoritatively about bats’ habits.
He is aware of a serious disease that threatens millions of them — the dreaded White Nose Syndrome. It’s a fungus that apparently is easily spread:
“There are three different types of ways,” he said. “One is bat to bat, one is person to bat, and some are just people going into caves and causing it there.”
Calvin, a fifth-grade student at All Saints Episcopal School, is scheduled to speak to his peers in a webcast scheduled at noon Thursday on BatWeek.org in celebration of Bat Week that concludes Monday with Halloween. He was chosen as one of the eight national members of the Bat Squad in an initiative by Bat Conservation International of Arlington, Virginia.
Calvin has a favorite bat — the spectacular Flying Fox bat. “If you spread out your arms, that’s about the wingspan of the bat,” he said, adding that it can have a wingspan as wide as six feet. He has been interested in bats since age 5.
“When I was down in Austin, I went down to see some bats. And some of the things I did with the bats up close, was to feed them some worms, and also got to see some fly.” He said, “Bats eat mosquitoes and other pests.”
According to his mother, Penny Carpenter, the webcast that Calvin will be in will be aired on Thursday, and also will be available later.
“Once it’s aired, it will be available to be viewed online at BatWeek.org, and they will be available at all times to be viewed on the website,” she said.
The Bat Squad kids are from Texas, Virginia, California, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana, according to Micaela Jemison, who provides information from Bat Conservation International.
In a question-and-answer form for the organization, Calvin wrote that he has participated in a crowd-funding campaign to help a bat conservation group.
“I also did a science fair project about White Nose Syndrome and presented my research at my school and at the South Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair. At the time of my research, Texas had no confirmed cases of WNS, but it was spreading southwest toward Texas.”
His own interests are spreading widely, too: “Besides bats, I am also interested in ancient history — especially Vikings.”
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