Bats occupy almost every habitat in the world eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and even trees. Bats are our most important natural predators of night-flying insects consuming mosquitoes, moths, beetles, crickets, leafhoppers, chinch bugs, and much more! Many of these insects are serious crop or forests pests, and others spread disease to humans or livestock. Every year bats save us billions of dollars in pest control by simply eating insects.
All but four of the 47 bat species found in the United States and Canada feed solely on insects. The remaining species feed on nectar, pollen, and the fruit of cacti and agaves in southwestern deserts. Although bats account for almost a quarter of all mammal species (there are more than 1,300 species of bats worldwide), bats are by far the least studied of all animals.
Bats are in decline nearly everywhere they are found. Bat numbers in the U.S. and Canada have declined dramatically as a new disease, White-Nose Syndrome, has killed over 6 million bats in just six years.
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Bats are amazing animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy - eating tons of insects nightly, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that that grow new plants and even trees. CLICK HERE to wach a webcast "Project Edubat – Education Taking Flight” to learn more about these important animals. This webcast features activities, resources, and lesson plans to help you teach both children and adults about bats. Learn how to use newly developed bat educational trunks that will be available across the country for your use! Special appearances by live bats and a few of our favorite bat experts including: Cathy Johnson, U.S. Forest Service; Dianne Odegard, Bat Conservation International; Ann Froschauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Leslie Sturges, The Save Lucy Campaign.