Bat Appreciation Day
About Bat Appreciation Day
When is Bat Appreciation Day? This holiday is always celebrated on April 17
Let’s celebrate bats today!! No, we are not going batty. We just think that bats deserve a little respect. There are many varieties of bats, some as small as your thumb. Counter to what horror movies lead us to believe, these night flyers won’t bother you, if you don’t bother them. However, if you’ve got bats in your belfry, that’s a different matter altogether. So, head on outdoors after dark on this April 17 holiday, and enjoy Bat Appreciation Day.
Bats can be your friend. Bats are nocturnal flyers, emerging after dark, from caves, steeples, and the attics of old buildings. These flying mammals are attracted to areas where there are plenty of nighttime insects, along with a good source of water. They use a form of radar to seek their favorite food source of mosquitos and other insects. A single bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes a day (or night). Gardeners certainly appreciate bats. Bat guano is among the best manures you can use, in your home garden.
When we think about bats, we often think of them as scary Halloween Bats, a symbol of the Halloween holiday. But these nocturnal mammals aren’t really scary to most people once they get used to them flying around at night in search of an insect meal.
So, let’s use today to better understand, and appreciate our fine feathered friend, the Bat.
How to Celebrate in Bat Appreciation Day
Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate this holiday:
- Go outdoors at dusk and look for them. They are harder to spot after dark. Later at night, you might find them around outdoor hanging lights.
- Learn more about them.
- Gardeners, pick up a bag or two of guano to feed your flowers and vegetables. It’s a great fertilizer.
- Count how many times you spot them.
- Watch any one of the Batman series movies.
Thought for Today
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – – Mark Twain
History and Origin of Bat Appreciation Day
Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day.
We are surprised that Bat Appreciation Day is not in October, near Halloween. Perhaps celebrating this day in April, for the Halloween season, allows us to truly appreciate the good qualities of bats.
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