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Halloween Special: The Many Benefits of Bats

What would Halloween be without bats?

While bats might be considered spooky by some, they are a vital part of our ecosystem. This comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency that does a lot of work protecting many species of bats.

Here are a few bat facts you could share with the trick-or-treaters tonight (well, maybe just the too-old ones):

  • There are over 1,100 species of bats.
  • They are mammals from the order Chiroptera; they are not closely related to birds.
  • They live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Only 3 species suck blood.
  • Most eat insects; small bats can eat up to 2,000 insects every night, saving many crops from being destroyed.
  • Other bats eat fruit and perform the vital tasks of pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds.

To learn more, visit www.fws.gov/refuges/news/batsspookyspecial.html

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Bats flying en masse. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Posted on at 2:10 PM

Tagged: bats and halloween

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