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Get in the Halloween Spirit with Bat Week!

The Bat Scientist

Halloween is just around the corner, so you may already have bats on the brain. These creepy flying rodents are a perfect fit for the most spooky holiday. Right? Wrong! Even though bats live in dark places like caves and only come out at night, there is no reason to be scared of them–in fact, bats are amazing animals that contribute a lot to our planet!

In Scientists in the Field title The Bat Scientists, author Mary Kay Carson and photographer Tom Uhlman give readers many reasons to love bats–they eat bugs, pollinate plants, and even inspire scientific advances–while dispelling some of the myths that might make people feel afraid of them. For example, bats aren’t rodents, and they’re the only mammals who can fly. Bats aren’t blind, and less than half of one percent of them contract rabies. Plus, bats live on every continent other than Antarctica, so they’re worthwhile to learn about!

One of the scientists profiled in The Bat Scientists is Merlin Tuttle, a lifelong bat lover and founder of Bat Conservation International (BCI). As Tuttle reminds readers, “The single biggest threat to bats is human ignorance about them. Most people are very happy to protect bats if only they understand them.” That’s part of the reason that BCI has set up a special Bat Week website for Halloween! As the website states, “Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by a team of representatives from across the United States and Canada from conservation organizations and government departments.”

In addition to dressing up and eating candy this week, be sure to celebrate Bat Week. Attend events near you, learn more about these amazing mammals, or help spread the word on bat protection and conservation by visiting the Bat Week site, or by checking out The Bat Scientists, by Mary Kay Carson.

by Harriet Low

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