Did you know that today is Bat Appreciation Day?
Although Bat Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 17, this month is a great time of year to observe bats that are beginning to emerge from hibernation, according to the BC's community bats programs.
The Delta also houses the largest bat colony in B.C., a contingent of 3,000 inhabitants living in the attic of Burrvilla, a historic home in Deas Island Regional Park.
Here are some facts about Bat of Community Bat Programs of BC:
- There are 10 species of bats in the Greater Vancouver area. All eat insects and arachnids.
- The largest bat of B.C is the Hoary Bat, with a wingspan of about 39cm (15 ") and weighs as much as a dinner fork.
- Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
- Although bats use echolocation, they can see very well in the dark.
- Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of flying in a true and sustained way.
- Bats are clean animals, preparing themselves almost constantly.
- Bats do not chew or scratch wood or wires like rodents. Its small, sharp teeth are used to grind hard body insects.
- There are more than 1,300 known species of bats in the world. Almost 70% of these bats are insectivores.
- Bats play a very important role in our ecosystem by eating insects, including insect pests from our forests, plantations and gardens.
- Bats save billions of farmers from applying pesticides and lost crops every year.
Bats in our community
Female bats form maternity colonies in April and May each year in preparation for the breeding season.
Bats can perch in natural and artificial places, such as crevices, trees, buildings, bridges or bats. These habitats are critical for bats since they have only one cub every year.
Bats feed on fresh and salty water. Take a sunset stroll to watch the bats in your neighborhood.
What you can do to help
Report known perches, dead bats, and unusual bats behavior in late winter (for example, bats flying during the day) to [email protected] or 1-855-922-2287 ext. 11
If you have installed a bat house, register your bat house at bcbats.ca and join BC's annual bats count in June.
Work with local or regional groups to conserve bat habitats (eg trees and old buildings, bodies of water) on your property and in the community.
Be a baker advocate, learn about these fascinating animals and educate your friends and family about their benefits and the threats they face.
Visit BC Bats to learn more about bats.