International Bat Night is celebrated on August 27 of every year. The commemoration of the day is to raise awareness about the bats and the need for protecting them. Like other creatures in the earth, bats too survive with a purpose. The International Bat Night aims in breaking down the boundaries between the humans and bats by providing necessary information about the way in which the bats live and their needs.
“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 International Bat Night
The first International Bat Night was commemorated in 2007 by Nature conservation agencies and NGOs. As bats play a significant role in the development of the ecosystem, the celebration of the International Bat Night is worth noting. The day further provides awareness about the bats as they are becoming an endangered species. Beyond the rumours and evils, the International Bat Night promotes the real images of the bats and the different facts about them. The main aim of the celebration is to change the mindset of the humans about the bats as they are often seen as a scary creature. It is because most movies picturised them in negative roles like vampires. Not all the bats are nocturnal predators that feast on the blood, but there are also some fun-loving bats and even the bats that feed on the insects. Bats are one of the primary contributors that help in lowering the annoying night insects like mosquitoes. There even a type of bats that feed on the fruit and nectar and thus help in pollination of plants and seeds. Depending on the local contributors, Nature conservation agencies and NGOs across different regions helps in exhibiting the different species, make presentations, and workshops. They even assist in the constructing of bat houses, and bat walks at night time. They also offer the opportunity for the people to listen to the bat sounds with the aid of ultrasound technology. Conservation of Bat is required which needs effective publicity and cooperation of individuals. It is so because bats often breed and hibernate in the houses, churches and other buildings used by the people. So celebrating a day for this lovely earthly creature is indeed a must.
Other Celebrations on August 27
August 27 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate
The best way to celebrate the occasion is by letting the people around you know the importance of bats conservation. You can even learn about different types of bats and their characteristics in detail from any trusted sources. Be a part of any local bat conservation organization and provide your contributions. Share your International Bat Night celebrations in social media using the hashtag #InternationalBatNight.
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