As the days get warmer and the insects emerge, so do the bats. Perhaps you have been out on these warm evenings and noticed the bats as they swoop and dive in their irregular flight pattern to catch their prey. These misunderstood night-hunters are often considered creepy and more recognized as Halloween decorations or in horror movies than as an important part of our ecosystem. Besides keeping the insect population in check, they help pollinate plants by dispersing seeds as they travel, and their droppings make a coveted fertilizer.
In this blindfolded awareness game we tap into our bat-senses! Kids love to try and sneak around the blindfolded “bat” often suppressing giggles as they dive and crawl just out of reach.
Mai grew up in southwestern CT, where she spent her days clamoring across barnacled boulders lining Long Island Sound, and capturing crickets to feed to her leopard frogs. She studied acting at Emerson College and graduated from Hampshire College with a self-designed B.A. in ecosystem mimicry agriculture and community circus theater. Alisha Mai has run nature-immersion programming since 2008, with Vermont Wilderness School, the Institute for Natural Learning, Wolftree Programs, White Pine Programs, and most recently, Wild Earth. Mai enjoys working with girls and teens, and incorporating physical play into her programs. She draws upon her background in theater and circus to create zany and magical experiences in nature. Alisha Mai is certified in Wildlife Track and Sign (Level II) through CyberTracker, and is a Wilderness First Responder. She teaches vinyasa yoga and aerial silks, and studies at Circus Warehouse in Queens. More about Alisha Mai's work.