Little brown bat colony: image provided by Tim Krynak - USGS
Our latest app, The Bat App, will hopefully soon be one of our most popular because of how badly bats need positive press these days.
The Bat App is a free, educational resource for anyone of any age interested in learning about our most misunderstood, unappreciated, yet truly amazing mammal. There are 9 sections covering many topics, so download this awesome iOS app, and get ready to learn A LOT about bats.
Below is a slide show of what you will learn when you download free The Bat App
Here are a few highlights of The Bat App
• All About Bats: You will learn all about bats and how useful they are, how they keep us healthy, how save farmers billions of dollars a year and are the reason we put many delicious fruits on our table. • North American Bat Species: You will be introduced to the 47 bat species living in North America in field guide format, so you can learn all about their habitat, lifespan, whether they migrate or hibernate and so much more, all at a glance. These bats will warm your heart, just wait. Many of the photographs in the app are contributed by famed bat ecologist, Dr. Merlin Tuttle, who has been photographing bats all over the world for over 60 years. There are many photos that are so extraordinary, you simply won't believe he was able to capture them. • Bats by State or Province: This is so much fun. Seriously. You probably never knew how many bats live in your state or province unless you did a project on them in school. Go to this section, choose your state or province and voila! A list of bats you can learn and hopefully conserve once you know how cool and useful they are! • Species Profiles: Each species profile includes a gallery, tons of information about each bat, and range maps so you know at-a-glance where to find them. If you're dying to know which bats live near you and are flying overhead at night, we've got you covered. Go to Bats by State or Province and pick your state or province from the icons on the left. You will find a list of all bat species in your area, each with a full profile and gallery. • Species You Never Knew Existed: When you start learning about how cool bats are, hold onto your hat when you get to the lesser long-nosed bat. You won't believe what this bat pollinates! • Top 10 Threats: All bats are at risk, so of course there is a Top 10 Threats section. We do a deep dive into white-nose syndrome (WNS) and have included a gallery and links to maps were this deadly fungus occurs, as well as how many bats have been affected and which species are most at-risk. Other threats you will learn about include habitat loss, climate change, domestic cats and humans. • FAQ: This section covers over 80 of your most pressing questions, because you know you have questions... • Conservation Organizations: Along with photos and more data than your brain can handle, The Bat App lists several organizations working tirelessly toward bat conservation, research, rehabilitation and education. So definitely check them out and support them if you can. How to Help Bats: If you want to help bats, there are several suggestions for everyone to pitch in and give these guys a better chance. • How to Find Bats: This section has tips on how to find bats as well as how to identify them! • Vampire Bats: These misunderstood, often feared and despised bats are covered in great detail, so you can finally learn about these fascinating little mammals and stop having nightmares about them. These are only a few of the highlights of The Bat App, so have fun, learn a lot, and give bats a chance; they really are one of our most precious, unique treasures, and they need our protection now more than ever.