Letters from a Young Bat Scientist-No. 4

2014_alexis school sci fairDecember 16, 2014

“Hi Mr. & Mrs. Tuttle,

I wanted to let you know that I won 1st place at my school science fair today. I will go on to compete at our county level in February and again at the regional level in March.

I hope you have a “Bat-tastic” day!

Alexis
Bat Girl

 

December 16, 2014

Hi Alexis,

We’re not surprised. Congratulations! We’re very proud of you. We’ll be working on bat conservation projects in Cambodia and China, beginning in March. Later in the year, Houghton Mifflin will be publishing my new book (see book cover attached). We’ll be thinking of you and looking forward to hearing all about it when you win the state championship!

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and New Year!

Merlin and Paula

December 17, 2014

Wow. That’s so awesome! The bat is cool on the cover, what kind is it? It doesn’t look like it lives around me. It looks like a carnivorous bat (big feet & ears) and it is brightly colored.

I attached some pictures of my project and me during my research. Riley Bernard helped me and let me borrow her bat equipment. She is in Dr. McCracken’s lab at UT.

I can’t wait to see the bat book. You guys be safe on your next trip.

Love,
Alexis
Gatlinburg, TN

Alexis Valentine and her mentor, Riley Bernard, in the field.
Alexis Valentine and her mentor, Riley Bernard, in the field.
Alexis in the field. All photos on this page taken by her mom, Amy Ejma.
Alexis in the field. All photos on this page taken by her mom, Amy Ejma.

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