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International Bat Appreciation Day

    Each year, on April 17th, International Bat Appreciation Day reminds us of the roles bats play in our daily lives. April is also the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are beginning to emerge from hibernation. The observance is an excellent time to learn about the role bats play in nature.

    Most bats in the US are considered “insectivorous” creatures. They rid our world of many annoying insects. In one hour, a bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes.

    Many people are unaware that over 500 plant species rely on bats to pollinate their flowers, including species of mango, banana, durian, guava and agave (used to make tequila). Both insectivorous and frugivorous (fruit-eating) bats are pollinators. So, next time you drink some tequila or eat a mango, say thanks to the bats! The pollination of plants by bats is called chiropterophily.

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