Bat Week: October 24 to 31

 

Bats are great. They can live more than 30 years, and they eat more than 500 insects each night. That’s about 5.5 million bugs per bat lifetime.

And bats are great for the environment:

  • They eat insects that damage crops and trees, so they help farmers and forests.
  • They eat an enormous quantity of insects, so we need less pesticide.

Canada is working with Mexico and the United States to promote bat conservation in North America.

There are about 1000 species of bats in the world, 200 in North America, and about 20 in Canada. Three Canadian bat species are endangered:

  • little brown myotis
  • northern myotis
  • tri-coloured bat

Bats face a number of threats:

  • white-nose syndrome, a deadly and contagious bat disease
  • wind turbines
  • habitat loss

Want to help protect bats?

  • Try not to disturb bats while they’re raising their young.
  • Seal up little entrances in your home, shed, and other buildings to keep bats outside.
  • Consider building and installing a bat house in your yard.

Don’t forget to celebrate Bat Week, from October 24 to 31.

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