GET INVOLVED TODAY!
The Organization for Bat Conservation and partner organizations are working to launch an Urban Bat Project in major cities throughout the U.S. in order to bring bat conservation closer to urban communities. The project is composed of three major parts: urban bat-friendly gardening, bat house building and installation, and three acoustic monitoring nights that would be conducted by citizen scientists during a bat walk. Please look at the following sections to learn more or to get involved in an bat-friendly city near you!
Why Urban Bats?
Bats improve our world in a variety of ways because they are pollinators, seed dispersers, and a source of insect pest control. They are often misunderstood and many species are facing dangers throughout the world. Deforestation, habitat destruction, pesticides, wind turbines, and most of all, white-nose syndrome are all examples of serious threats that bats face.
White-nose syndrome has wiped out over 7 million bats and has spread to 31 states and 5 Canadian provinces. It will likely continue its spread and will devastate more bat populations. That is why we are working to learn more about urban bat populations and to help cities transform urban landscapes to better support bats. Urban bats are not affected by white-nose syndrome and may help to fill the ecological roles that affected bats once filled.
How To Get Involved!
The Organization for Bat Conservation has created this project in hopes of connecting urban communities to nature, their local bats, and applied conservation.