My dog says he doesn't understand why people get squeamish when they see animals who aren't fluffy and traditionally cute like he is. Bats, for example, are amazing animals who also provide a valuable service to the communities in which they live. There are more than 1,100 varieties, 70 percent of which eat insects (and, therefore, keep towns from being overrun with bugs!).
The Organization for Bat Conservation offers great programs to educate people about the wonders and variety of bats, how to make bat houses, and how to coexist with bats. You can even sponsor a bat!
This Halloween, when you put out that rubber bat as decoration, why not take the opportunity to tell your friends and family about the amazing world of bats. To learn more about these fascinating mammals, you can also visit Bat Conservation International.