White Nose Syndrome has killed more than 6 million bats since 2006, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. It reported on a study that predicts the syndrome will virtually annihilate endangered Indiana bat populations throughout most of the bats’ range within the next decade. Learn more at SaveOurBats.org. Aside from disease, bat populations are also suffering from habitat loss, something we can all help with at home.
Bats play an important role in Oregon’s ecosystem eating nuisance insects that often disturb humans (think mosquitoes) and economically hinder farmers by damaging crops. Bats eat between 600-1000 bugs in an hour!
Here are a few things you can do to help bats on your land:
- Provide them a water source.
- Be sure they have lots of food available to them by having a thriving garden. Bugs need plants. And bats need bugs!
- Give them roosting habitat by leaving snags (dead trees) or installing bat boxes.
- Reduce your use of chemicals so that bug populations are high enough to sustain a healthy bat diet.
For more information on Oregon’s 15 bat species, click on the “Batty for Bats” Fact Sheet courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife:
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