Red light means go! If you’re a bat.

A photograph of an adorable red bat
A lovely red bat. Photo by Kim O’Keefe.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I am very excited because yesterday was the last day of school! I am finally free! Free to sleep late and relax!

While I was looking for batty news, I came across an article about a small Dutch town that is helping bats. Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop is becoming a very eco-friendly town in the Netherlands. It is called home by a variety of rare and vulnerable plants and animals. Most importantly, they are home to a few bat species, including some in need of help.

As we all know, bats, and other nocturnal animals, don’t like bright lights. Bright streetlights hurt their eyes and cause all kinds of problems for them. Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop has found a pretty cool solution to the problem. Red lights! Signify is an organization that has taken regular streetlights and changed them so that they emit a red color that uses a wavelength that doesn’t hurt the bats’ eyes, so they are able to fly around and do all their batty things.

Not only does this light help nocturnal animals, it also helps the environment. The new lights save energy, which helps reduce the town’s carbon footprint. The streetlights have LED lights that are hooked up to a remote that can change the brightness of the light if needed. I’d like to thank the people of Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop for helping  bats and other nocturnal animals. I’d also like to thank them for everything else they do to help the environment. Back in 2011, this town built 89 new sustainable houses that are better for the environment. These new streetlights couple perfectly with them in helping the animals and plants living, and thriving, around them.

If you want to read the article you can find it here.

I hope everyone has a very Happy Fathers’ Day!

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