BatWeek is an annual celebration of bats that takes place October 24 – 31. Now in its fifth year, Bat Week is comprised of events that take place throughout the week across the US and Canada. In addition to attending events, millions participate online through social media and on the www.batweek.org website. Will you step up to Be a Bat Hero? Check out www.batweek.org for some great ideas to celebrate bats near you!
A Foodie’s Best Friend!
Maybe a delicious mango, strawberry, or even a chocolate
exotic like papaya, agave syrup, avocados, or even tequila. Did
you realize that these, and many other foods we enjoy, are made
possible by bats?
WATCH Ep.1 Amazing Bats
WATCH Ep.2 Hey Bat What’s Your Habitat
Hey Bat What’s Your Habitat? Bats don’t just live in caves! Explore the different places bats call home with the Bat Squad!
WATCH Ep.3 Bats Need Friends
Bats Need Friends! Bats across North America are under threat from a deadly fungal disease called White-nose Syndrome. Join the Bat Squad! as they teach us about this and other threats our bats are facing and what kids can do to help!
WATCH Ep.4 Bat Chat! Join the Bat Squad
Bats Need Friends! Kids can get involved in many different ways with bat conservation. From science projects to lunch time groups, the Bat Squad! shares the exciting ways they have got involved in their own backyard!
Bats are often maligned but vitally beneficial animals for their ecosystem services in controlling pests, pollinating plants, and dispersing seeds of so many important crops both here and abroad. Their actions save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars each year in pest control, and reduce the spread of dangerous viruses carried by mosquitoes. Bats do not observe state borders, and the fungus causing White-Nose Syndrome is spreading fast across the country, devastating populations of cave-dwelling bats. These bats are essential to keeping our forests and farms productive. Their protection requires national cooperation and understanding.
Be a Bat Hero!
There are many different ways to help bats and they are all important. These actions can help protect bats living in our backyards and in our communities. In 2018, we are asking everyone to consider hosting their own event to participate in Bat Week.