Halloween has long become associated with bats, and I thought it was a great time to put out this summary of the Adirondack Bats series! If you missed the series this summer, don’t worry because you can find all of the segments here.
Others have seen that this is a good time, and have declared this bat awareness week in Vermont. I’m happy to see that others are trying to educate the world about bats!
Bats are a very fascinating animal. Did you know that they are the only flying mammal in the world?
Find out more by reading the through the series!
Let’s clear up some supposed facts about bats. Some of this information you may know, but then again what if what you know is only a myth? Drinking blood, getting in your hair, being blind…what is fact and what is fiction? Read the full article.
What do bats eat? This actually varies between different species and different regions of the world. Bats also have a very cool way of drinking water, and how they find water is also interesting. Read the full article.
The Adirondacks are home to many bats; out of the hundreds of bat species in the world nine make their home throughout New York in caves, trees, some buildings, and lots of nooks and crannies. These bats are divided into two classifications. (The bat species in the photos all live in NY.) Read the full article.
Some people dislike bats and may even desire to exterminate them. Their creepy reputation makes many people ignore or not realize the importance that bats play in the world. Eating insects is only part of their role in balancing the ecosystem… Read the full article.
American bats are facing a huge threat right now from White-nose Syndrome. This disease is devastating the East Coast bat populations and is moving west–millions have died so far and no cure has been found. Read the full article.
Many people are worried that birds are majorly threatened by wind turbines, but surprisingly bats are much more at risk! Bats are renowned for their aerial skills, so why can’t they avoid the blades of the turbines? Read the full article.
The Indiana Bat has been the only bat on the endangered species list in New York, but with the rise of White-nose Syndrome other bat species are also in danger. Read the full article.
Rabid bats rarely attack humans, but it is better to be safe than sorry, and humans should avoid direct contact with bats. When you see a bat acting erratically or awake and unconcerned with a close human presence something may be wrong. Learn what to do if one gets in your home. Read the full article.
Have you ever wondered where bats go in winter? Well, three of our Adirondack bats species migrate south to warmer and insect filled climates, while the remaining six hibernate. Most hibernate in caves although the big brown bat loves to sneak into a warm wall or attic. For these cave bat species mating occurs before hibernation and young are born in the spring. Read the full article.