Did you know that Bat Week takes place every year, October 24–31? The time is set aside to raise awareness of the many contributions that bats make to the planet and encourage conservation of bat species.
Nearly a quarter of all bat species around the world are considered endangered. Forest habitat disruption, climate change, and disease are top causes. Brush up on some bat facts in their honor and get free educational activities from Project Learning Tree.
1. Power Pollinators
Bats are pollinators like bees and hummingbirds, but they can carry significantly more pollen over much longer distances. The growth of more than 500 flower species and 67 plant families depend on pollen carried by bats.
Bats have been called “the farmers of the tropics” because they carry date, fig, banana, and cashew seeds and re-deposit them across wide geographic areas. About 95% of the new growth of these fruits and nuts is brought to us by bats.
3. Nature’s Pest Control
Many bats can eat their weight in destructive insects every night. In the United States alone, bats are believed to save $3.7 billion in crop damage and pesticide use a year. In fact, it’s believed that without bats, the amount of cocoa beans available to make chocolate would decrease by 30%.
Free Educational Activities for Bat Week
Visit Project Leaning Tree to download:
- Bat masks
- Coloring pages
- Recipes inspired by ingredients that bats make possible
- Gardening tips for attracting bat pollination
- Inspiration for Bat Week events
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an independent, non-profit organization that stands for the future of forests.
Visit sfiprogram.org to learn more about bat conservation, sustainable forestry, and how you can help by looking for the SFI label on everyday products when you shop.