Well we have just passed the year 2011 and now are into 2012 according to my watch. This means that we are officially in the United Nations sanctioned "Year of the Bat". How many of you knew that 2012 was "Year of the Bat"? How many of you realize how important bats are?
The United Nations has created a special website for the "Year of the Bat", which you can access by clicking on the following link:
Be sure to bookmark the page as there is so much interesting information at the site and I am sure the content will be updated throughout the year!
To test your knowledge of bats you can take a short quiz at this website. I missed one question on the the test I am sure you will do better than I did! http://www.yearofthebat.org/get-involved/bat-quiz/
Did you know that Bats are the only flying mammal? If you didn't then I can tell you did not visit the website above as this fact is mentioned on the first page of the website.I hope you chose to get involved in this the "International Year of the Bat". In doing so you can help bats because as a life form they are in trouble! <:(
"Like us, bats are warm-blooded, give birth, and suckle their young. They are also long-lived, intelligent, and have complex social lives. Although they're often called flying mice, bats are not closely related to mice but form a special group of their own: the Chiroptera. Bats have developed a highly sophisticated echolocation system that allows them to catch tiny insects and avoid obstacles, even in complete darkness. When they're flying, bats produce a stream of high-pitched squeaks and listen to the echoes to produce a sound picture of their surroundings.. They can live over 25 years in the wild - a remarkable feat for an animal weighing less than 10 grams! Perhaps this is because they spend more than half their lives asleep."
Why should you be concerned about the bats on our Planet?
Firstly, Bats eat millions of harmful and disease-caring insects every day. Secondly, bats help fertilize plants and spread new growth of vegetation by their daily activities.Thirdly , Because bats are sensitive to high pollution and pesticide levels, they are useful as a warning sign to potential environmental problems. Fruit-eating bats in the tropics disperse seeds that are critical to restoring cleared or damaged rainforests. To read more about the benefits which bats bring to our World please visit:
By the way do you know what kind of bat is pictured above?
The bat pictured above is a "fruit bat".
Source of image:http://www.mpg.de/de
Here are some interesting and important websites about bats:
How to help bats:
http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/bats/index.htm (for children)
The Bat Conservation Society of Canada:
Strategies for co-existing with Bats:
How Bats Work: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/mammals/bat.htm
Please help bats this year and every year! They are important members of the World and they deserve and have a right to be here! They are not the vicious animals that Hollywood erroneously portrays them as!
Lastly I found these interesting videos about bats which I hope you can watch at some time during the year of 2012! Thank you!
Here is a video which talks about the importance of bats, white-nose syndrome and other facts about bats:
If you are a parent or educator I am sure your child or students will love this video: