Be Bat Friendly
Once, ancient forests covered most of eastern North America and provided plenty of habitat for bats. With the arrival of Europeans, those forests rapidly fell to large-scale logging and agriculture. Some colonial bat species adapted to the new shapes on the landscape and made use of barns and outbuildings, which were warm, dry, and fairly safe from predators. As agriculture has given way to residential development, bats are making use of the only habitat left—our houses and the infrastructure of suburban life, like storefronts, culverts and bridges. Bats share our habitat and are a natural part of our world, and now they need our help more than ever. Use this section to become bat friendly or to help others learn to share the world with bats.