Adopt a Bat

Bats are mainly nocturnal and can be found in almost every type of habitat – deserts, woodlands, suburban communities, caves, and even in cities. There are over 40 species of bats in the United States and all of them are beneficial. Most bats feed on insect pests and some bats even help in pollination. Some bats live on a diet of nectar and fruit. Bats that feed on nectar also serve as pollinators to nighttime blooming plants. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. Instead of arms or hands, they have wings. The wings have a bone structure similar to the human hand. Bats use their ears to hunt for food. They emit a high–frequency sound that bounces off of surrounding insects that enables the bat to determine where the insect is located. This echolocation system is so advanced and precise that scientists study bats to make sonar equipment for ships. Bats are threatened by disease, habitat loss, pollutants and fear. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt a bat today!

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