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It's Halloween on the Oregon Coast: Batty for Bats? Give them a helping hand.
Oregon Coast Notes - News

102710_townsends_bat_face_odfwBats are everywhere this month - on Halloween decorations, pumpkins, costumes and cards. And while the flying mammal’s scary image is as healthy as ever, real bats aren’t doing so well: disease, habitat loss and human development are all threatening their survival.

In an effort to debunk myths about bats and teach Oregonians about the state’s bat species, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff have produced a new fact sheet. Designed for kids, it provides a description and photograph of each of Oregon’s 15 bat species and some ideas of how kids can help.

“There are a number of things that people can do to help bats—from building bat houses to leaving snags or dead trees on their property to serve as roosts,” said Andrea Hanson, ODFW Strategy Species Coordinator. “One of the most important things that kids can do is to learn about bats so they understand their importance.” 

The flyer, Batty for Bats, is available on ODFW’s website.

Fun Facts about Oregon’s Bats

  • Oregon’s bats eat only insects. An adult bat eats about 1,000 insects every hour!
  • Bats hang upside down because it gives them an ideal position for take-off.
  • Bats can fly 20 to 30 miles an hour and travel more than 100 miles a night.
  • A baby bat is called a pup. Young bats can fly between two and five weeks of age.
  • Bats are the only flying mammal.

Eight of Oregon’s 15 bats are identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species in need of help. To find more information about distribution, habitat and conservation actions that will help bats, see the Summaries of Strategy Species section of the Oregon Conservation Strategy on ODFW’s website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/