BAT WEEK OCTOBER 24 - 31, 2019
Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature
BAT WEEK IS AN ANNUAL, INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE ROLE OF BATS IN NATURE
Host an Action Event
Bat Week is a great time to do something positive for bats. Build bat roosting boxes, pull weeds of out of bat habitat, plant native vegetation that attracts bats, create bat art, and ask your governor to proclaim your state’s Bat Week to help bats. Host a Bat Week Party or other special event to get others excited about bats. You can feature bat-themed games, foods and drinks that are made possible by bats, and/or costume contests, – anything that highlights our amazing bats!
Spread the word! Use your platforms on social media (#BatWeek) and share your enthusiasm for bats during Bat Week to help them get great attention at a time of year that they are often seen as scary, not super! The Bat Week social media tool kit can help you find the right messages and Bat Week Facebook and Twitter pages are a great way to share photos, too!
Be creative! Get involved! Be a Bat Hero!
Pull for Bats - Invasive Species
Bats need to eat lots of different insects to stay healthy. When invasive plants move in, they push out our native plants. Native plants support a huge variety of yummy insects that bats and other wildlife need.
With no natural controls, this plant leafs out in early spring, grows fast, spreads fast, and forms dense thickets that crowd out our native forest plants. Exotic honeysuckles yield loads of berries in the fall which birds eat and drop, helping to spread the plant further. Berries are rich in carbohydrates, but they do not provide migrating birds the high-fat nutrient-rich food they need for long flights.
First year plants are low-growing rosettes with rounded, kidney-shaped leaves that are scalloped on the edges. Leaves smell like garlic when crushed. This plant quickly takes over an area forming a dense mat. WARNING: this plan is considered armed and dangerous! It produces chemicals that stop the growth of other native plants and even trees. Chemicals are also toxic to the eggs and larvae of certain butterflies. Growing in full sun or shade, this plant is a triple threat.
This nasty vine climbs over and smothers other plants and shrubs which may cause them to die because of too much shade. It can even climb high into the trees adding too much weight. Trees may be uprooted or blown-over in high winds or snowfalls because of the extra weight. Boo! bad for bats, bad for trees and bad for us!
Proclaim Bat Week
Bat Week is a special time to celebrate the special contributions bats make to the ecosystems and agricultural crops of our states and nation. One great way to do this is to ask your town, city, or state officials to make a formal proclamation of Bat Week to draw attention, media, and other resources to the issues bats are facing.
It’s easy! Use our Sample Letter Bat Week Request Letter as a starting place for requesting a proclamation. We have designed it for the State Level (Governor), but this could be modified for a town, city, school, or business. Be sure to include the proclamation text with your request letter.
You can use the proclamation (or its signing) as a great way to involve local media. Take some photos of the proclamation being signed, hold a press conference, or write a letter to the local paper. You’ll reach people you don’t even know and get them thinking positively about bats!
Educate and Create
Teaching and learning about bats is rewarding! Be creative! Get involved! Be a Bat Hero! Here are more materials to help share the good news about bats creatively:
Actions At Home
Turn out the lights! Light pollution affects insect populations, disrupts bats as they migrate, and deters sensitive bat species
- Share positive bat facts with your friends, family, and anyone who will listen, especially during Halloween when they are often portrayed as scary.
- Help others understand that bats are beneficial and need our help.
- Be sure to highlight bats on your favorite social media, especially during Bat Week
- Get familiar with all the different foods made possible by bats
- Learn more about local bat-friendly habitats and ecological relationships through classes, lectures, and publications such as Bats Magazine
- Join a master naturalist or master gardeners program
- Participate in citizen science projects to help monitor bats and bat habitat
- Volunteer! Parks, zoos, nature centers, conservancies, rehabilitation centers, and museums rely on volunteers to help educate visitors and care for animals