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International Bat Appreciation Day

International Bat Appreciation Day

International Bat Appreciation Day

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International Bat Appreciation Day is observed on April 17, every year. This day is dedicated to bats – the nocturnal mammals that play a crucial role in our ecosystem. Let’s take a closer look at these fascinating creatures and appreciate their importance:

  1. Remarkable Animals:
    • Bats are the only mammals capable of flight. They use echolocation to hunt and find their way in the dark.
    • There are over 1,100 species of bats worldwide, making them the second most common group of mammals after rodents.
    • Bats play a vital role in pollinating and dispersing seeds across Australia.
    • They can consume up to 1,200 mosquitoes per hour—a handy skill for pest control!
  2. Challenges and Threats:
    • Unfortunately, climate change and extreme heat pose a huge threat to bats. Unlike humans, bats cannot regulate their body temperature, and heat stress can be fatal.
    • In 2019, between 3,000-5,000 bats died during a heatwave in Victoria, plummeting out of trees in a mass dying event.
    • The grey-headed flying-fox, native to Australia, is particularly susceptible to these mass dying events.
  3. Conservation Efforts:
    • In Sydney’s Inner West, passionate community members are fighting to protect the grey-headed flying-fox. They campaign to secure council commitment to meet the Greater Sydney target of 40% canopy cover, which provides food and shelter for these animals.
    • To protect bats and other animals, we need strong nature laws that consider climate impacts on nature.

Let’s celebrate International Bat Appreciation Day by learning more about these fascinating creatures and supporting their conservation efforts! 🦇🌿12

Photo credit: Dr Gary Beilby 2013. Taken at Kanyana.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 17/04/2024

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