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How You Can Help

Making a difference for wildlife.

What You Can Do to Help Bats 

  • Teachers, include bats in your lesson plans.
  • Parents, teach your children the "look but don't touch" rule for bats and other wild animals.
  • Install a bat house. Having bats in your neighborhood is a great way to keep the mosquitoes and other night-flying insects away. Get designs and detailed instructions on how to build a bat box. 
  • If you have a nuisance colony of bats you would like removed, your best and most effective option is an exclusion device – typically a one-way door that allows the bats to fly out but cannot get back in. This is a safe option for you and the bats. Be sure to install after their young are able to fly. Learn more here.
  • Learn how to safely remove a bat from a building.  Poisons do not deter bats and can actually harm humans.
  • Know your bats and be informed. Visit Bat Conservation International to learn more about these important members of your community and for questions on safety and public health.
  • Contact the refuge for volunteer opportunities.

Some Facts About Bats  

  • North American bat species are insect eaters, including pesky mosquitoes and agricultural pests. Some species of pregnant or nursing bats will consume their body weight in insects each night. A single bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in one hour.
  • Not all grounded bats are sick. Young pups sometimes become grounded when they are trying to learn how to fly. If you see a bat on the ground, keep your distance and give it an opportunity to leave. Most likely it is as nervous about you as you are of it. 
  • They almost never attack people though they will bite in self-defense. 
  • Bats are incredible fliers. They may get close but if you are not thrashing around or swatting at them, they will not fly into you or get tangled in your hair. 
  • Bats do not chew holes in buildings.

 

Other Ways to Help Wildlife:
 
Purchase a Federal Duck Stamp 
Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps,” are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They were originally created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl. Today, Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. 

Get a Pass! 
The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass covers recreation opportunities on public lands managed by four Department of the Interior agencies – the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation, and by the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service. One hundred percent of the revenue derived from passes sold at federal recreation sites will directly benefit the selling agency and no less than 80 percent of the revenue will remain at the site where the pass was sold. The pass applies to those locations that currently have entrance or standard amenity fees.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2013
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