Bat Week observes usefulness of bats

Bat Week is Oct. 24 - Oct. 31! This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate bats. Bats do a lot of things that help our natural areas be strong and healthy:

  • Some bats eat insects that destroy crops and spread disease.

  • Some bats pollinate plants, like agave.

  • Bats help spread seeds to grow new plants.

Bats are found in every state in the U.S. and are essential to the economy and ecology as well as the agriculture industry as pollinators and insect eaters. A recent study found that bats save $1 billion a year in crop damages around the world. The U.S. is leading the international response to white-nose syndrome in bats, and since 2008 more than a hundred partners at the Federal, state and local level have come together to research and combat the disease, including issuing more than $24 million in Federal grants.

Everybody can get in on the Bat Week fun. Visit for a full list of inspiring Bat-ivities. Here's a few examples of what you'll find there.

  • Show your bat appreciation on social media, using #BatWeek.

  • Host a bat-centric party.

  • Cook up a dish made possible by bats. Need ideas? Check out the Bat Week Cookbook.

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