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In popular culture, bats are creatures to be feared, especially this time of year with their association with Halloween and all things spooky. It’s perhaps not surprising that they have this reputation. Bats are only active at night and usually appear as indistinct shapes fluttering in the moonlight. OR they are huddling together in dark, dank places like caves, and abandoned buildings. Or perhaps, they’ve taken up residence in your attic!
In reality, though, bats are not something to be afraid of or grossed out by. In fact, a fellow bat enthusiast we know calls them, “sky puppies” because they are pretty darn cute! They are the only North American mammal that has truly mastered flight and they spend most of their time sleeping or eating literal tons of insects, many of which are agricultural and human pests. We actually have a lot to thank bats for!
It's Bat Week!
Every year, the week leading up to Halloween is designated as Bat Week, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate bats and the important role they play in our world!
During this week let's celebrate bats by learning a little bit more about them. Below are 10 fun facts about bats in Iowa.
Believe it or not, bats make our world a better place! So, this year I hope you will join us in sending a little love and gratitude their way. Or if love is perhaps a little too far, at least some respect.
Want to go further and help bats? You can do so by leaving dead trees standing, planting trees with loose bark (like shagbark hickory, American elm or white oak) or by planting a garden to support the insects that bats need to eat. These small actions will help us to continue celebrating bat week for many years to come!