Bats are Mammals Too!

There is a mammal that gets extra attention this time of year…bats! Over the decades bats have become a scary symbol at Halloween. But the truth is, bats are generally harmless and tend to be helpful to the environment. Among other positive attributes, bats eat insects that can damage crops and some that annoy people, like mosquitoes The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists 26 bat species as critically endangered, 51 other species are endangered, and a whopping 954 bat species are considered vulnerable. To bring awareness to the value and plight of bats, this is designated as Bat Week. And to take a closer look at Michigan’s bat population WDET’s Amy Miller spoke with Rob Mies, Executive Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation at Cranbrook Institue of Science. He says Michigan provides a good climate for a number of bat species.

 

Click on the audio link above to hear the entire interview

For more on bat conservation click here

 

Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Aired on: Morning Edition
About the Author

Amy Miller

Reporter/Producer

Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.

amiller@wdet.org   Follow @wdetamy

We want to hear from you.
Share your thoughts and opinions: