Ongoing ‘Bat Week’ aims to raise awareness about the unsung heroes of night

Ongoing ‘Bat Week’ aims to raise awareness about the unsung heroes of night

The ongoing Bat Week, organized by a number of public and private organizations, aims to raise awareness and promote protection for the unsung heroes of the night.

Surrounded by various myths and superstitions, bats are often portrayed as sinister. But, they play a really vital role in the ecosystem. They are an important species, and there absence will put us in serious trouble.

Ranging from the little bumblebee bat, which is the world's tiniest mammal, to the giant flying fox bat, there are more than 1,300 species of this creature around the globe. Benefits provided by this species range from dispersing of seeds to insect control.

Meanwhile a team of American researchers have found that a species of bat is unusually able to migrate as well as hibernate. Announcing the first direct evidence of long-distance movements and hibernation, the research team said hoary bats are capable of doing both.

Ecologist Ted Weller, who led the study, said, "It's commonly assumed that species that migrate do so to reach areas that allow them to continue feeding and remain somewhat active throughout the winter. But our findings surprised even our own research team by showing that hoary bats spend much of the winter in hibernation."

Organized by Bat Conservation International, the U. S. Forest Service and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, along with several other conservation groups; the ongoing Bat Week kicked off on October 24, with a schedule to run through October 31, 2016.