Studying bats really made me gain a new affinity for them. Prior to my training, on Saturday, I had no idea these animals were so incredibly valuable to the environment. While all bats fertilize the earth with their highly nutritive guano (bat waste) some species pollinate and spread seeds in such an effective manner, they put determined human-environmentalist to shame when it comes to launching new reforestation efforts.
Other bat species consume ridiculous amounts of predatory insects. Hate mosquitoes? Put up a bat house (instead of a bug zapper). A single tiny insectivore bat can consume more than a thousand mosquitoes in an hour!
They're cute. They're a lot like human beings in the way some love to party while others prefer to live alone. I could go on (but I'm writing an article for a Pagan journal on the topic and don't want to spoil that bit of work by releasing all the information here).
Here's an excellent *reputable* bat website for gaining more valuable information on the eco-friendly animals: http://www.batcon.org/
Plans for building bat houses are available at http://free.woodworking-plans.org/bat-house-plans.html. The group that trained me strongly preferred the featured “rocket bat box” as the house they observed, over time, for successfully drawing the most bats!
Want bats for your computer desktop wallpaper? See: http://www.batcon.org/index.php/education/photos/desktop-wallpaper.html
Here's a really cool video (no sound) on bats LEAVING a domestic bat-house. You can really see how many bats huddle together to keep warm during the summer months in such a small back-yard structure.
* Why do Mexico's Vampire Bats drink blood ?....Because coffee keeps them awake all night!! (Note: out of nearly 1,000 species of bats, only THREE lap blood).
* Where do most baby bats go during the summer? . . . Dayscare centers
Happy Martin Luther King Holiday Everyone!
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