National Bat Appreciation Day is observed on April 17 of every year. Bats are flying mammals with forelimbs which are webbed and developed as wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of accurate and sustained flight. There are about 1,100 bat species worldwide. Nearly seventy percent of bats feed on insects. Most of the rest are fruit eaters and few species such as the Fish-eating Bat feed on animals other than insects, with the vampire bats to feed on blood. Bats can be seen around most of the world and perform vital ecological roles such as pollinating flowers; dispersing fruit seeds and consuming insect pests including mosquitoes, reducing the need for pesticides. Many tropical plant species depend on bats for the distribution of their seeds. Most of the bats are nocturnal, hangs upside down, travels using echolocation, and roost in dark caves. Bat dung has been mined from caves and used as fertiliser. Bats are sometimes numerous enough to serve as tourist attractions. Bats are consumed across Asia and the Pacific Rim. This day is celebrated to appreciate bats for the role it plays in the balance of ecology and to spread information on the importance to protect them.
“Twinkle, twinkle little bat How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky.” – Lewis Carroll
History of National Bat Appreciation Day
The reason for creation and the creator of National Bat Appreciation Day remains a mystery. The fact is that the mammal is present around us even if we can not spot them, and they help in reducing the insect pests, pollinates flowers and fruits, and much more. Many species of this mammal has already become extinct. So this day is important to be celebrated to mark and spread awareness about this mammal and its crucial roles in our biological life.
Other Celebrations on April 17
April 17 is also celebrated as
- World Hemophilia Day
- International Haiku Poetry Day
- National Mustang Day
- National Cheeseball Day
- Nothing Like A Dame Day
- Blah Blah Blah Day
How to celebrate National Bat Appreciation Day
National Bat Appreciation Day is an important day to be dedicated to creating awareness of bats ecological roles and the environmental threats that they face. On this day you can learn about this mammal and the importance to save them. You can celebrate this day by building a bat house to provide habitat for few species; installing an escape ramp on livestock water tanks and incorporating flower that blooms in the evening inviting a lot of insects. You can join in organisations that help in conserving this mammal. One can also visit them at the zoo or their known habitat. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about National Bat Appreciation Day by using the hashtag #BatAppreciationDay.