Thursday, October 17, 2013

Batty for Bats!

The Riverville Bat House is already home to over a hundred bats! Find out more by below.

Despite the recognition they get around Harvest Day (aka Halloween (which I don't celebrate due to it being of the occult), aka “Free Candy Night”), bats are poorly misunderstood. The creatures that are incorrectly believed to be all blood-sucking monsters that get tangled in your hair (if you're unlike me and have enough hair for something to get tangled in it) are misjudged by many. In fact, these creatures don't get tangled in your hair and only three species suck blood (and they only live in Central and South America). In fact, while not all of them are endangered, bats still need protecting. Many of them loose their homes – often times caves are destroyed – and habitats and they need other places to live. That's why Dr. Arizona Stevenson – a zoologist at Animal Adventures Inc. (AAI.) and her daughter, Angel – who's head of the Jurassic Dino Girl Club – have gotten together with a number of other people to bring a new project to life that will help save bats – a bat house! “Bat houses are similar to bird houses,” explains Arizona, “but bat houses are, of course, designed for bats!” Many people build bat houses and set them up in their yards or in elevated areas, but Arizona's group is taking it to the extreme – it's a giant bat house! Called the Riverville Bat House, it stands 30 feet tall and is 20 feet wide. Arizona is quoted for saying, “While 20% of all mammal species are bats – there are about 1,240 different species – bat numbers are on the decrease worldwide. These animals are important to not only nature, but to us as well. 70% of all living bat species are insectivores and they get rid of many annoying insects, including mosquitoes. At the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, the colony of 1,500,000 Mexican free-tailed bats eat 10,000 to 30,000 pounds of insects each night! Other species of bats are important pollinators. Kind of like bees, they spread pollen from one flower to another and this helps the flowers reproduce . . . [since] bats are important to both to nature and us, we feel that we really must protect these mammalian fliers God created.” Located just outside of town, Arizona's group of volunteers successfully finished mounting the bat house on October 7th and already bats are taking interest. Arizona and the others have already spotted about numerous bat species that make their home there during the day including: big brown bats, little brown bats and common pipistrelle bats. Arizona's daughter Angel has already expressed that she's glad she and the other “dino-girls” (as she calls them), could help construct the bat house. “It was really fun,” she says. “Me and the other five dino-girls found it a lot of hard work too, but in the end, it was really worth it. Since bat numbers are disappearing all over the world, every little bit we can do helps the bats as a whole. Besides, we really needed to earn our 'Conservation', 'Bat-Lover', and 'Helping Others' badges (even though I've already gotten the 'Helping Others' badge several times before).” As of when this article was published, approximately 150 bats spend the day at the Riverville Bat House and hopefully, plenty more will decide to come too. This project may seem small considering bat populations all over the world are disappearing, but as Angel said, “every little bit we can do helps the bats . . .”. I totally agree!

Written by: Mr. Smiley
Photographer: Daniel P. Smithwater
Edited by: Christian Ryan, Joy Hammond


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