batweektnailWashington, DC (October 16, 2019) A coalition of partners across North America announced the launch of Bat Week, an international celebration of

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Communities Encouraged to Take Action
to Help Bats Across the Globe During Bat Week

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Image of the endangered Florida
Bonneted Bat. Photo by Micaela
Jemsion / Bat Conservation International.

Washington, DC (October 16, 2019) A coalition of partners across North America announced the launch of Bat Week, an international celebration of the role bats play in nature. This annual event held October 24 31, is designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation across the globe.

Bats are incredible animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night — eating tons of insects, Image of the endangered Florida Bonneted Bat. Photo by Micaela Jemsion / Bat Conservation International. pollinating flowers and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees.

The group also relaunched BatWeek.org, which contains information about starting a Bat Week celebration or educational event, encouraging formal Bat Week proclamations, installing bat houses, as well as offering key facts about at-risk bat species. The site also features an interactive map for participants to find a local Bat Week event in their area.

At-risk species listed on the site include the Townsend big-eared bat, the Florida bonneted bat, the Indiana bat, the Northern long-eared bat, and the Mexican long-nosed bat.

  • Townsends big-eared bats boast massive ears. Two endangered subspecies under threat of habitat loss reside in the Ozarks and Appalachian regions.
  • The Florida bonneted bat is found only in south Florida. It is listed as an endangered species in the United States.
  • Indiana bats are small, insect-eating bats that live in North America. They are currently listed as an endangered species in the US as populations have been impacted by threats like White-nose syndrome (WNS), a deadly fungal disease.
  • The northern long-eared bat is a species of bat native to North America. There are no recognized subspecies. This is another species under threat from WNS.
  • The Mexican long-nosed bat is federally endangered and relies on nectar from blooming agave to make long migrations through Mexico into the southwest United States.

For more information, visit BatWeek.org.

About Bat Week

Bat Week, October 24 31, is an annual event designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. This was mentioned above.

Media Contact:

Javier Folgar
Bat Conservation International
Tel: 512.327.9721 ext. 410
Email: jfolgar@batcon.org

 

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