Bat held on Chasing Frames Episode 04
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

This week on Chasing Frames, we venture into the back country of Eastern North Carolina to capture wild bats IN THE PITCH DARK with a team of researchers and scientists on their annual bat blitz.

This episode airs on broadcast Thursday night on PBS / Public Media NC. Which also just happens to air during Bat Week, a completely unintended bonus!

Bat biting Chasing Frames Episode 04
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

I was astounded to learn how integral these insect-eating animals are to our ecosystem. And that a fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome which has wiped out more than 90 percent of the population. NINETY percent.

This dramatic loss in bats leads to a domino effect of more insects and bugs. Therefore, this leads to farmers using more pesticides to protect their crop investment. Above all this has tremendous impact on our environment – and, of course, on the food we consume.

Ready to fly Chasing Frames Episode 04
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

I have never seen bats up close like this. They’re actually pretty cute. They were described as “kittens of the sky” and I like how it makes them more adorable and less intimidating. Even if they have very sharp teeth.

Wing getting measured Chasing Frames Episode 04
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey
Bat flying at Tamara Lackey Chasing Frames Episode 04
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

Thank you, as always, to Nikon and ON1 for their incredible support of Chasing Frames! After the episode airs, you can go to ChasingFramesShow.com to see additional content about the episode, a deep dive into photography tips & tricks, as well as some great ideas of what to do AFTER you take the shot.

Enjoy!