- April 17 -

International Bat Appreciation Day

Smiley Bat and Bat Conservation International have declared this holiday to celebrate the bats returning from their winter migrations. 
 Here are just a few things you may not know about bats: - There are nearly 1,000 species of bats in the world. - Bats have been around since the...

International Bat Appreciation Day

Smiley Bat and Bat Conservation International have declared this holiday to celebrate the bats returning from their winter migrations.

Here are just a few things you may not know about bats:
- There are nearly 1,000 species of bats in the world.
- Bats have been around since the age of dinosaurs.
- Mexican free-tailed bats can fly 10,000 feet high.
- Hibernating little brown bats can stop breathing for nearly an hour to reduce their energy needs.
- Fishing bats have an echolocation system so sophisticated that they can detect a minnow’s fin as fine as a human hair.

Whether you are a fan of these winged creatures or not, they have a tremendous impact on the insect population that can get extremely out of balance without their constant feeding. Sadly, White Noise Syndrome, a disease which causes a fungal growth around the muzzles and wings of hibernating bats is beginning to decimate bap populations across the United States.

SmileyBat is an organization started in 2009 with the goal of promoting education and positive bat imagery.
SmileyBat is also very dedicated to depicting bats in a positive light. One way that they encourage this is by coming up with a variety of keyboard representations of bats. These are things you can be sure to use in your online conversations today:

- wllw
- ^v^
- w^^w
- /|\^..^/|\

Whether you love bats or simply appreciate them for their control of insects, be sure to give a shout-out for bats today!

Source:
http://www.examiner.com/article/april-17-bat-appreciation-day
http://ayearofholidays.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/april-17-bat-appreciation-day/

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

World Hemophilia Day
Haiku Poetry Day
Easter Monday - Ducking Monday

You may also like...

Interesting events from Animal category.

International Bat Appreciation Day

Smiley Bat and Bat Conservation International have declared this holiday to celebrate the bats returning from their winter migrations. Here are just a few things you may not know about bats: - There are nearly 1,000 species of bats in the world. - Bats have been around since the...

International Respect For Chickens Day

International Respect For Chickens Day launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005, International Respect for Chickens Day celebrates chickens throughout the world and protests the suffering of chickens in farming, cockfighting, experimental research, hatching projects and other activities that...

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on 29 July. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats...

Mutt's Day

Today, we celebrate these furry friends. What makes a mutt so special? While purebreds come from a lineage of dogs of the same breed, mutts are a mix between two or more breeds. This means that no two mutts are alike—each is unique in its own way! These dogs certainly deserve a day of...

World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 54 member associations of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF. Every day park rangers risk their...

Homeless Animal Day

The third Saturday of August is International Homeless Animals’ Day. On this day, groups around the world will come together to raise awareness about pet overpopulation. With events in 9 countries and 24 U.S. states, thousands of people are gearing up to take a stand. On International Homeless...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet