Bat Appreciation Month

Since many people consider October to be a “spooky” month, we think it’s the perfect time to observe Bat Appreciation Month. Although bats have been generally maligned in popular culture, they are actually very important animals that help pollinate plants, disperse seeds, and aid in pest control.

They’re extremely important to agriculture, and that’s why it’s important for all of us to honor and respect them. The best way to do that is by observing this month when it rolls around every year. Everyone should keep in mind that it’s on all of us to protect the vulnerable species of this world, and one of the most vulnerable animals alive today is the bat.

The History of Bat Appreciation Month

As the native populations of bats began to decline during the 1960s and 1970s, scientists began to sound the alarm. As a result, Bat Conservation International was founded in 1982 by Merlin Tuttle — a bat biologist.

The organization helped to raise the public’s awareness about the vulnerability of bat populations around the world. This resulted in improved conservation and research strategies.

One way they spread public awareness about bats was by creating Bat Appreciation Month. Unfortunately, we’re unsure of exactly when they created this month, even though we do know it’s been around for quite a few years now.

Not-So-Spooky Bat Facts

Once people get to know bats a little, they soon realize that bats are amazing creatures. How do we know? We know because we’ve done quite a bit of research on the subject. Research that we’re now going to share with everyone via the following bullet points.

  • Around the world, there are over 1,400 different bat species.
  • Not all bats hibernate for the winter. Species like the Spotted Bat often migrate to warmer climates during the winter.
  • Disease is one of the biggest threats facing bats, particularly White-Nose Syndrome.
  • Over 300 different fruit species rely on bats for pollination.
  • Cacao, figs, and nuts all rely on bats for pollination.
  • A bat can eat its body weight in insects every single night.
  • Bats are the only true flying mammals. Remember, flying squirrels don’t actually fly; they glide.
  • Bats from certain species can fly up to 100 miles per hour.

Observing Bat Appreciation Month

There are several ways that people can observe Bat Appreciation Day. One way is by learning more about bats and spreading that knowledge among friends and family members.

Another way is by donating to organizations such as Bat Conservation International that are helping to save these majestic creatures. The final way to observe this month is by spreading the word about it using the hashtag #BatAppreciationMonth on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 1 Sunday