View the Following Link from the Canadian Wildlife Federation for an Update on White-Nose Syndrome Affecting our Bats. To Date: 90% of the little brown bat population in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has been completely wiped out!
Check out This Link Posted Feb.11/12 by the Winnipeg Free Press
- A single Little Brown bat can catch hundreds of mosquitoes in an evening.
- Little Brown bats, while hibernating can reduce their heart rate to 20 beats per minute and can stop breathing for 48 minutes at a time.
- Little Brown bats can hibernate for more than seven months if left undisturbed.
- A nursing Little Brown bat mother can eat more than her body weight nightly (up to 4,500 insects).
- Bats are the only mammals capable of flight.
- Almost 1,000 bat species can be found worldwide. Bats make up a quarter of all mammal species.
- Bats have the second highest number of species of all mammal families – the rodent family is the largest.
- As the primary predators of night-flying insects, bats play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature.
- Bats species that will live in bat houses often eat insects that could damage crops, such as cucumber and June beetles, stink bugs, leafhoppers and corn worm moths.
- Providing bat houses can help build the populations of many valuable bat species including Little Brown bats, Big Brown bats, Eastern Pipistrelle and the Eastern Long-eared bat.
- Bat houses provide places for bats to roost, hibernate and raise young.
- The majority of bats that use bat houses are females utilizing the house as nurseries for their young.
Dying bats called No. 1 mammal crisis in U.S