Welcome to our 'Live BatHouse Cam'
02 July 2014 - We're back!
Note - 24 June 2014. Our stream maybe temporarily offline over the next few days or weeks while we upgrade away from XP and migrate our stream to the newer OS. Your patience is very much appreciated and we hope to be back online 24/7 very soon.
Thanks for visiting our live BatHouse cam. We hope you enjoy watching the batcam as much as we do. Please -- let us know what you think.
About Our Bats - What You Are Watching
The touch & go activity you see is normal at active roosts.
Pups are born between the last week of May thru late June. This year -- first pups born 07 June 2010. Juveniles of this species begin flying at ~8 weeks of age.
Screech owls, barred owls & rat snakes are common in the area, If you observe these or any unusual event - please let us know and send your observations to firstname.lastname@example.org - be sure to include the date, time, etc. If you can send an image it will help & be most appreciated (alt print screen, then paste & save with paint)
Fly By Night's Live BatCam Activity Log
07 June 2008: begin live stream - thank you Camstreams
17 July 2008: The rains have returned & the oldest juvies are starting to fly, The activity level should remain high thru the end of August as the juveniles take short test flights.
04 August 2008: The activity level continues to increase as juveniles become volant. The morning swarm is fantastic.
08 August 2008: Most of the juveniles are volant & bats have finally returned to the lake bat house (was empty since early May)
19 - 21 August 2008: TS Fay had us rockin' & rollin' == over 20 inches of rain!
11 October 2008: - Most of the bats in the main bat house have moved to the bat house near the lake.
16 October 2008: - bats have returned to the main bat house
26 November 2008: - it's been a really cold fall in central FL, but both bat houses are full & as long as the night-time temps are above 45F the activity level remains high.
16 December 2008: - heavy fog the last few nights - looks like an underwater cam
22 January 2009: - Brrrr. been in the lo 30's & hi 20's last few nights. Bats are torpid, but will resume activity when it warms up a bit....
05 February 2009: - cold again, yuk. Hard freeze last night and another freeze expected tonight. Our three bat houses are all full (only 2 are visible on the cam), we collected 6 cold-stunned Tadarida below the main bat house this AM - the other two houses were OK. The torpid bats will be released in a few nights, as soon as it warms up.
25 April 2009: - very dry weather, the lake level is dropping daily. Bats are very active lately, both houses on cam remain occupied and active, but Bat house3 (not on cam) was vacated a few days ago. Hopefully the bats remain safe,
19 May 2009: bats started having their pups, small dead neonate found below the main bat house this AM
25 May 2009: the rains finally stopped after nearly a week = 17 inches!
12 June 2009: - pups born thru last week.
22 August 2009: The activity level is high most of the night. All juveniles are now volant & both bat houses are loaded.The morning swarm is fantastic.
Visit our website for additional updates and details
About Our BatCam - What We Are Using to monitor activity --
Camera Details - Our IR (infra-red) camera (Q-See IR CCT security cam) is positioned on a pole ~30 ft south of the main bat house.
We also have an Anabat bat detector system configured with the batcam computer that provides a live audio stream of their echolocation calls. We're working out some bugs -- please let us know if you can hear the audio.
In the Works -- We also hope to setup another camera closer to the lake bat house, but right now that house is only visible during daylight hours.
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A Few Bat Notes -- If you find an injured or orphaned bat (or any wild animal) do not touch it. The best way to keep yourself & the bat safe is to contact someone trained to safely handle and care for them, More info can be found on our website.
About Us - Who We Are
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Fly By Night, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to bat conservation. Your support helps us to help the bats and may be tax deductible. Thank you!(FL DACS = CH12360).