BATS’ ROLE IN ECOLOGY, RESEARCH, CONSERVATION. AND WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR LOCAL COLONY
Photo Essay By Paulina Oswald
Bats have a substantial impact on our environment. But with the onset of COVID-19, they may be getting a bad rap extending beyond Draculin imagery. According to experts however, it is not the bats that are to be blamed for the spread of coronavirus, but the exploitation of wildlife. In fact, the conservation of bats is critical for protecting our ecosystems as they fill vital roles as pollinators, pest control, and a ready food supply for their predators. Bat research has also led to valuable information for immunology research. There are ways individuals can get involved with the conservation of our leathery friends that will help improve local ecosystems.
Paulina Oswald and Jeff Gage