International Bat Night is celebrated every August on the last weekend of August. The United States of America and Europe are the main locations for this event. However, the event has been attended by 30 countries to dispel some myths and raise awareness about bats and their habitat.
Many nature conservation agencies and non-governmental organizations, particularly in Europe, aim to educate the public about the habits and lifestyles of bats through presentations, exhibitions and bat walks.
HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL BAT NIGHT
Around 30 countries observe International Bat Night raise awareness about the importance of conserving this nocturnal species. International Bat Night was established in 1997 to educate the public about bats and their natural benefits. This annual celebration helps promote bats’ good image by dispelling myths and providing clarity.
As there are more than 1,400 bat species worldwide, it is vital that we learn more about them. Bats, which are second in order in mammals to rodents, make up around 20% of all mammal species worldwide. They can be found in almost every region of the globe, except for extreme deserts or polar regions.
Bats are often fearsome to humans because they are believed to be dangerous. Although bats can spread rabies, they are not always out to harm you. Yes, bats can eat blood but they mainly eat insects. This is a good thing because it helps maintain balance in nature and keeps the insect population under control.
Pop culture even includes bats. Many portray bats as scary and dark while others see them as playful creatures. Batman, the superhero Batman, and all the movies and comics based on him are the most beloved and beloved representations of bats. This has helped bats to be seen in a positive light in many people’s minds.
TIMELINE FOR INTERNATIONAL BAT NIGHT
1758Carl Linnaeus Classes Bats
Carl Linnaeus identifies the seven bat species that he identified in the Primates order.
1770sJohann Friedrich Blumenbach New Classification
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, a German naturalist, gives bats their own order: Chiroptera.
2003Flight before Echolocation
A fossil bat found in the Green River Formation 52 million years ago indicates that flight developed before echolocation.
Kenneth Dial and Kevin Padian, paleontologists, have discovered that some of the earliest bats had hindlimbs that could be flexed at the side.
INTERNATIONAL BAT NIGHT FAQS
What do bats see at night and how can they help?
Bats are night-blind, so they need to be able to see at night. Echolocation is a method where they make sounds and wait for sound waves to bounce off objects. They use this method to hunt insects at night.
Is it possible for bats to be attracted by light at night?
Bats can be sensitive to night-hunting light and are well-known for their ability to detect it. Because insects flock to them, bats are attracted to artificial lighting. They would, however, avoid artificial light by themselves.
What is the average amount of time a bat spends asleep?
Surprisingly, these flying mammals spend almost 20 hours a day asleep.
HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL BLAT NIGHT
- Visit a bat conservatory you can visit your local bat conservatory on International Bat Night. Many of them have scheduled bat walks and informational sessions. These sessions are free and you can learn more about these animals by attending one.
- Visit a bat habitat in the wild international Bat Night is a great way to encourage people to visit bat habitats. You can spend the night camping there and watch out for bats. Keep your distance and ensure you don’t interfere with their daily routines.
- Learn more about bats there are many bat species and there is so much you can learn about them. Spend International Bat Night reading about these flying mammals, and then sharing your knowledge with others.
5 Interesting Facts About Bats
- Life expectancyBats can live up to 30 years.
- Habits of eating bats can easily consume up to 1200 mosquitoes per hour.
- Bats for babies bats are known as pups, and most bats have only one pup per year.
- The world’s smallest but world’s smallest bat weighs less than a penny and is smaller than a thumbnail.
- The largest bat in the world The “flying Fox”, the world’s largest bat, has a wingspan up to six feet. It lives on islands in South Pacific.
WHY IS INTERNATIONAL BAT NIGHT IMPORTANT?
- The balance natureThe role of bats is crucial in maintaining balance in nature. They consume insects that can spread disease, cause crop damage, or create havoc. Bats also help to disperse seeds by feces. Guano seeds are one of the main factors in the reforestation and restoration of tropical rainforests.
- They are usually harmless bats and are one of the most misunderstood animals. Because of their common representation in pop culture, people tend to think of bats only as creepy and dark. They are generally harmless to humans. Only three out of the more than a thousand species are bloodsuckers.
- Bats have great visionBats are very active at night, so it is important that they have good vision. Bats have better night vision than most humans. They emit a high-pitched sound that bounces off objects and helps them pinpoint the location of insects.