17th April 2018 will be.. Bat Appreciation Day
On Bat Appreciation Day, take a moment to appreciate the presence of bats living around you. Bats are considered to be one of the most mysterious and enigmatic types of creatures living all around us. Some species of bats are found to be as small as a thumb, and they have the capability of flying hundreds of miles whether over the sea or overland to migrate every year.
The reason behind celebrating this day during April is that this is the month of the year during which bats start emerging from their hibernation. We remember this day to appreciate the role of bats which they are playing in our everyday lives. One important reason behind considering bats so important is that they are insectivorous tending eating up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour and can give us rid of some annoying insects.
Facts About Bats
- Some of the species of bats can survive their lives upto 40 year
- Bats can see in the dark as well as they have an extreme sense of hearing
- Bat is the only mammal having the capability of naturally sustained flight
- About 1,200 species of bats are known
- The United States is a home place for about 48 bat species
- Almost 70% of the species of bats are insectivorous
- Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox bat is one of the largest bat species whose weight is up to 4lbs having a wingspan of up to 5 feet, 7 inches
- Bats are known as clean animals, which are found to be grooming themselves almost constantly
- Congress Avenue Bridge in Texas is known as the biggest bat colony located in North America. A large number of Mexican Free-Tailed bats are at this bridge. The is working to decrease a large number of insects every night. Tourists from all over the world visit the bridge annually to watch the view of bats leaving at twilight.
- A single colony of Big Brown bats can work for farmers as protection from up to 33 million root worms every summer.
- Almost 40% of America’s bats are estimated to be in severe declination
- Three states of US have an official states bat. The Mexican Free-Tailed bat is the state bat of Texas and Oklahoma, and Virginia Big-Eared bats are the state bat of Virginia.
Bats Are In Danger
Right now, the bats are getting victims of life taking fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, also known as a pathogen. This fungus is resulting in causing the white-nose syndrome in bats on hibernation. The white crust found on the noses, ears and wings membrane of bats are found extremely fatal, and this has resulted in an extreme declination of about 80% of their population within a decade in the US. This white-nose syndrome has spread in 30 states of United States as well as Canada, and the syndrome was also confirmed in Texas last month. Effective treatments have done for treating this syndrome, but even it needs lots of research.
The Bat Appreciation Day must be observed by the public to establish awareness regarding bats and by the scientists and practitioners to find better medications for their survival.
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