I’d like to wish all the bats emerging from hibernation—and blog readers everywhere—a very happy National Bat Appreciation Day! Bat species are unique and diverse, and they are an essential part of our ecosystem. They are also an important indicator of ecosystem health, meaning if bat populations are sustainable and healthy then the rest of the system is probably in pretty good shape.
My primary role with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is the recovery and conservation of bat species that are listed under the Endangered Species Act as either threatened or endangered. We work with partners on how to conserve the species and their habitat, with the goal of recovery that is sufficiently substantial to remove them from the endangered species list. We were proud to partner with The Conservation Fund and the city of Hannibal, Missouri on a really big and important project that protected the largest hibernating population of endangered Indiana bats ever discovered.
Read more at the Conservation Fund