Backyard Bats

Image 6-15-20 at 5.11 PM
photo from @Stonecrop.Review on Instagram, link below

I’ve got a short piece about backyard bats in the “Sky” issue of Stonecrop Review: “a journal of urban nature writing, art & photography.” The essay is called “Same Bat Time.”

And dayeinu—this would have been enough—but Holly McKelvy, one of the editors, made artwork for my essay and matched the tone perfectly perfect.

The whole issue is online and free, and I’ve cued the link to my essay here:…/Stonecrop-Issue3-singlepa…

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What I want to know is:
Do you have bats in your dusk / dawn sky?

(photo from @Stonecrop.Review on Instagram)


7 thoughts on “Backyard Bats

  1. I used to have bats, but over the past 3 years, they have disappeared. I’m wondering if I install a bat box if they’ll return. I miss them!

  2. Joanna – I LOVE this article! You’re right, we’ve spent more time outside in the evenings this summer than most, especially this week when it’s been cooler, but in our case also the past 2 weeks despite the heat, because Outside has been where we could have dinner with Henry until his 2 weeks of isolating were over! I have NOT seen the bats yet, and I’m afraid I’ve aged out of hearing them (although I used to have excruciatingly good hearing for things like security door whinings and traffic counters) –
    So maybe I need to come over to your house one evening and sit far enough from you to not germ on you, but close enough to hear you tell me what to look for ?????


    1. Mary, I’m getting such a happy picture of y’all breaking bread together outside…
      Our neighborhood bats come out at dusk, and right now that means pretty late and pretty early, since we are so close to summer solstice. I’ll email you…

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