ECO-Alert: Month of the Bat, Man!

Hoary bat: Florida's bats are beautiful!

Hoary bat: Florida’s bats are beautiful!

While Batman dukes it out with Superman, real bats are getting ready to give birth and raise their young. Bat maternity season starts April 15, so now is the time to act. It is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, but they can be legally removed from a building or structure by following special rules that protect bats and people. Banning bat removal during the maternity season, April 16 – August 14, prevents young bats that can’t yet fly from being trapped.

REMOVE BATS BY APRIL 15 OR LEAVE THEM BE!

“During bat maternity season, bats gather to give birth and raise their young,” says Terry Doonan, species conservation planner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “The season lasts until the young bats can fly and feed themselves.”

Florida is home to 13 resident bat species and some are threatened.  Our bats help keep insects under control. The average bat eats hundreds of insects a night. That’s why:

APRIL 17 IS NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY!

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