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International Bat Night

Halloween Bats

Date When Celebrated : This holiday night is always celebrated during the dark hours on the last Saturday night to Sunday morning in August.

International Bat Night is celebrated as an evening event, as the honoree..... bats, sleep during the daytime and are active at night. If you're going to seek out bats, nighttime is the time to look. With over 1,100 species, bats live up to 30 years, and can be found all over the world. Bats most often live in caves. But as you know, you can also find bats "in the belfry".

 

According to EUROBATS, a European conservation and protection group, tonight is set aside to promote an enjoy these nocturnal creatures. The goal of International Bat Night, is to educate people on the good things about bats, and to dispel false rumors and myths. EUROBATS encourages bat conservation groups to put on educational programs and "bat walks" on International Bat Night. This night also serves to promote conservation for bats and their habitat.

 

As nocturnal creatures, bats use "echolocation" to fly around in the dark without hitting things. They emit a sound inaudible to human ears, and listen to the echo return to help them navigate in the dark. It is also one of the ways that bats find their food. Tops on their menu are mosquitoes. If you like to enjoy warm summer nights, bats are your friend, helping to keep the mosquito population in check. Bats consume up to 1,100 mosquitoes per hour! While we may not want to talk about it, bat guano is one of the best manure fertilizers for your flower and vegetable garden plants. 

 

Did You Know? While most bats are small, the largest species is called the "flying fox. It has a wing span of six feet!

 

See now, bats are not so bad..... until Halloween. See Halloween Bats

 

After just learning about the good things about bats, you may still be a little leery or afraid of bats. If so, you have "Chiroptophobia", the fear of bats..... more phobias

 

How to Celebrate International Bat Night:

  • Attend an educational seminar or show put on by a bat conservation group.
  • Go on a Bat Walk led by a bat conservation guide.
  • Get on the internet and learn more about bats.
  • Watch Batman or Batwoman programs.

 

Did You Know? Bats are the only mammals that fly.


Today's Quote: " Well done is better than well said." - - Benjamin Franklin


History and Origin of International Bat Night:

This special holiday night was created in 1997 by EUROBATS, a European bat conservation group. EUROBATS has been very successful in educating people about the good side of bats, correcting misguided and incorrect  rumors and myths about bats, and helping to protect and grow the population of bats. There are now over 30 countries that participate in International Bat Night



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