April 17th is National Bat Appreciation Day!
April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are typically beginning to emerge from hibernation. Bats are often misunderstood and feared, but bats play a critical role in our environment.
In one hour, a single bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes. In areas with large bodies of water, these bats are especially helpful keeping the mosquito population at bay.
t has also been estimated that bats save farmers in North America over $22 billion every year in pest control services.
slow to reproduce and often concentrate in large numbers in summer and winter. Bats can live over 25 years and usually have only one baby, called a pup, per year. As a result, bats are very susceptible to drastic population decline due to disease, pesticides, and habitat destruction.