Since we published our most recent Halloween EcoMyth on bats, quickly becoming known as the “BatMyth,” we’ve heard from quite a few members of our community sharing related news and bat-related activities. Has “Are Bats Friend or Foe?” piqued your interest in our flying furry friends? Then get your bat trivia fix with the info below.
- The Endangered Species Coalition is asking the White House to dedicate funding to fight white-nose syndrome, a disease threatening many American bat populations. To help, sign the Support Bats Via Democracy In Action petition by November 25, 2011. (Thanks to our friend Judith Boggess for sharing this news with us!)
- Learn more about white-nose syndrome from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Support Bat Conservation International, a group dedicated to bats and saving bat populations around the world. Through BCI, you can visit a Bat Viewing Site to see bats in their natural environment or even learn how to install a bat house in your backyard.
- Learn more about local bats here in Illinois by exploring Illinois bat populations with Lake County Forest Preserves [pdf].
- Visit the bats at Brookfield Zoo. After all, even if they’re not Illinois natives, they are in Illinois. Follow the link for more info on the Rodrigues fruit bat environment in the zoo’s Australia House.
- Bats are capturing media attention in some most unexpected places—like this article in the Wall Street Journal about the love Brits are showing their bat populations.
We at EcoMyths encourage you not to forget about bats now that Halloween is behind us. After all, they’re vital to our ecosystems all year ’round.