Tomorrow Is International Bat Appreciation Day
Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian
International Bat Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on April 17. The day was started by the organization Bat Conservation International as a way to help raise awareness of the value of bats. While many people are afraid of bats, they are an important part of a healthy ecosystem, both as pollinators and consumers of insects.
You can learn more about bats, and about supporting them, in a number of books in the Library’s collections:
- “Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species” by Marianne Taylor
- “Flying Blind: One Man’s Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace With Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats” by Don Mitchell
- “The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures With the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals” by Merlin D. Tuttle
Once you’ve learned more about bats, you might want to add some bat houses to your property!
- “The Bat House Builder’s Handbook” by Merlin D. Tuttle
- “Handmade Bird, Bee, and Bat Houses: 25 Beautiful Homes, Feeders, and More to Attract Wildlife Into Your Garden” by Michele McKee-Orsini