Bats often have a negative reputation. Many people believe bats are scary or a pest when really that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, bats are an incredible asset to the ecosystem! Bats aid in pollination and seed dispersal, while also helping control the insect population. Since they eat so many insects, bats help farmers protect their crops and pastures, and they help protect trees from disease that's spread by insects. Bats also eat those pesky backyard garden bugs and those insistent mosquitos.
Despite all the benefits bats have to offer, there is bad news, the bat population is on the decline. Much like other declining species, bats are struggling due to habitat loss. Deforestation plays a huge role in the destruction of bats' habitat, and this problem is only made worse by wildfires and other increasingly extreme weather conditions. Another factor is the white nose syndrome, a disease that is caused by a fungus that grows on the bats while they hibernate in caves (another favorite spot for bats to call home).* While scientists try and look for cures we can help by providing a alternate home for bats that tend to live in caves.
How to Help:
You can help provide habitats for a variety of bats by sending a wooden bat house! You can choose to house one bat or two. These houses can be installed on buildings or trees, providing a safe place for bats to rest during the day without fear of predators or the elements. Bats prefer small crevices to rest in and will roost in several places, but tree hollows are a favorite spot; these houses act as a replacement when bats in need can't find natural habitat.
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