31 Oct '11, 2pm

Celebrate Halloween by Helping Bats!

Celebrate Halloween by Helping Bats!

As you celebrate Halloween today, take a minute to think about what makes this holiday so special—black cats, pumpkins, and, of course, bats! There are many different theories as to why bats are associated with Halloween. One of the most common explanations is that people often built bonfires around Halloween to ward off evil spirits and warm people up. The bonfires' light attracted insects and their natural predators—bats. Another theory is that bats can indicate the presence of ghosts or spirits which, as we all know, are plentiful on Halloween! Courtesy of the Fish and Wildlife Service While the reason bats are connected with Halloween is disputed, the fact that this species is in grave trouble is not. Due to a disease called white-nose syndrome, bats have been dying by the hundreds of thousands, with whole hibernation caves wiped out in one winter. In fact, since white...

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