We now take a moment out of our busy schedules for this important public service announcement:
It's Bat Week.
Holy Oversight, Batman! It began Sunday and who remembered?
It's Bat Week. Do you know where your bats are? Photo credit: Associated Press.
Certainly the fine folks at Bat Conservation International did. The Austin-based group has worked in tandem with Audubon Society's birders as a check-and-balance in the system to help energy regulators develop siting rules for giant wind turbines.
Being trick-or-treat week, it makes perfect sense to have Bat Week now - except, of course, when one realizes that stereotyping bats is largely what led to their demise.
But let's not overthink this.
In fact, this is a good time for me to step aside and yield to a really cool video produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Organization for Bat Conservation, based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. You also can learn more by joining the #BatWeek conservation on Twitter.
A couple of cool bat facts:
--Bats can eat their own body weight in insects before sunrise, saving farmers billions of dollars and the rest of us a lot of misery (not to mention mosquito bites).
--They pollinate certain plants, such as the agave plant that's used to make tequila.
--Vampire bats are the only ones that attack people and drink their blood. But there are 1,300 known species of bats and only three of them are vampire bats.
--Many bats are imperiled or threatened by extinction because of a disease called white-nose syndrome, which is caused by an invasive fungus.
If that's too much to remember, then remember this:
Without bats, there would be a lot more mosquitoes and a lot less tequila.
Yes, bats are indeed cool.