Bats General

Bats are among the world's least appreciated and most endangered animals.A good starting point for information on bats is USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center's pages on bats.  The web page includes links to other sources of information. You...
Unfortunately, it’s not clear yet. It’s possible that wind turbines interfere with seasonal migration and mating patterns in some species of bats. More than three quarters of the bat fatalities observed at wind turbine facilities are from species known...
USGS has a multi-center research plan that partners with several universities that seeks to answer the following issues: better identify the seasonal distributions, habitat needs, and migration patterns of species showing greatest susceptibility continue...
No. Bats have small eyes that are functional and sensitive to light. Several bats, such as Rafinesque's and Townsend's big-eared bats, have greatly enlarged ears to help in echolocation, but bats also use sight to perceive their environment. Learn More:...
All healthy bats try to avoid humans by taking flight and are not purposely aggressive. Most bats are about the size of a mouse and use their small teeth and weak jaws to grind up insects. You should avoid handling bats because several species, such as...
Yes. There are at least 40 different kinds of bats in the U.S. that eat nothing but insects, and a lot of them.  A single little brown bat, which has a body no bigger than an adult human’s thumb, can eat 4 to 8 grams (the weight of about a grape or two)...
Yes. Bats either hibernate in winter or migrate to warmer areas. Those that hibernate build up a fat reserve to sustain them through the winter. If they are disturbed, their fat reserve could become exhausted and they could die prior to spring. Learn...
Less than one percent of the population contracts the disease, a lower rate of incidence than other mammals such as skunks. Still, you should not handle or disturb bats, especially those that are active and appear sick during daylight hours. All bat...