April 17th

TODAY IS:

NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY – I was originally going to celebrate National Cheeseball Day but cheeseballs can be bought at the local grocery store.  Bats, however, are more elusive … and interesting.

There are over 1,200 species of bats, one of which can grow to 4 lbs with a 5 ft wingspan.  I think I will appreciate that bat from very far away!

Bats can live up to 40 years, see in the dark and have extreme hearing.  Most bats are insectivores, eating thousands of insects each day and are the only mammal with the ability to maintain sustained flight.

In Austin Texas, an estimated 100,000 tourists visit the Congress Avenue Bridge every year between March and October to watch 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats leave their roost every twilight to hunt for insects.  I have to admit that I would like to see that.

April is generally the month that most bats emerge from hibernation.  Appreciate the bat’s role in keeping the mosquito population somewhat in check.

 

 

 

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