As Halloween approaches, images of scary bats become commonplace. This is the perfect time of year to counter bat myths and do something to help bats, by taking part in International Bat Week (October 24-31). Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits, including eating insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds and nutrients.
Take a moment to learn about the many ways bats contribute to our lives, and what you can do locally for bats, at www.batweek.org or through the BC Community Bat Program at www.bcbats.ca.
Research bats online, watch a bat cam (e.g. https://batworld.org/bat-cams/), help restore a wetland, learn about bat-friendly community initiatives, clean and maintain your bat box for next spring… there are many ways to participate and support bats!