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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!

North American Bat Tracker

Document your bat sightings! IMPORTANT!! Do not touch bats! Provide a picture of the bat and/or a picture of the habitat you see bats using.

Host a Bat Rehabilitation Workshop

President Leslie Sturges is an experienced speaker and presenter. She has presented at numerous symposia, workshops, and association meetings.

Host a Bat Festival

Bring a bat festival to your site and celebrate the world of bats with your community! Get started planning today!

Take an Urban Bat Walk

Check with your local nature center, museum, zoo or other educational institution to see if a bat expert is able to lead a walk.

Organize a Bat Club

By putting together a group of people who share your passion for bats, you can help make a difference in the health of bats and the health of our environment.

Become a Bat Advocate

Bats need your help! Throughout the world, bats are seeing their homes and habitats destroyed at a huge rate, and the use of pesticides is limiting bats’ access to healthy food.

Build a Bat House

Building and installing a bat house can make a difference for bats and help promote a healthy environment.

Celebrating Bats Cookbook

A Cookbook of Goodies & Treats Made with Bat-Dependent Ingredients

CREATE A BAT MURAL

This beautiful mural captures the amazing diversity of bats in the United States. There are 47 species of bats in the United States and all of them are beneficial to people.

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.

Honey Suckle

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.

Garlic Mustard

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.

Oriental Bittersweet

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:

BatsLIVE

Tune into BatsLIVE for great educational videos and activities fit for a classroom.

Project EduBat Trunk

Visit a school classroom or set up a table at a local event with all the materials and activities you need to give a bat chat!

Candy Bar Wrapper

Print this Sheet - Cut out the bat and use it as a stencil.

Bat Hero Coloring Page

Download and color our comic book!

Bat Hero Comic

Nature’s Unsung Heroes!

Bat Brigade Comic Book

Meet the heroes of the bat brigade.

Natural History of Forest & Cave Dwelling Bats

Use this information to determine how best to help different populations.

Build Your a Bat Cave

Building a bat cave can be a great way to educate and energize kids to learn about bats and underground habitats, leading to conservation of both.

The Benefits of Bats flyer

Bats are one of the most important animals in our environment.

Threats to Bats

White nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease affecting hibernating bats across the United States and Canada.

Gardening for Bats

With natural habitats declining, bats need all of us to use available green spaces to give them the food, water and shelter they need.

All About Bats Bat Fun Facts

Read about the truths and myths of bats.

PSA: Be Nice to Bats

A short video that reminds people that bats are important to food.

Big-Eared Bat Finger Puppet

Read about the truths and myths of bats.

Origami Bat Instructions

Make a bat out of a sheet of paper.

Actions At Home

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    Credit: Organization for Bat Conservation

    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