Friday, April 17, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Bats in Wisconsin

April 17 is Bat Appreciation Day, making it a great day to learn more about bats that live in Wisconsin! Here are just a few fun facts about bats in Wisconsin:
  • Eight species of bats live in Wisconsin
  • Bats in Wisconsin either live in caves or trees
  • Bat with White-Nose Syndrome
    Bat with White-Nose Syndrome, Courtesy of Pixabay
    All Wisconsin bats feed mainly on insects
  • Bats use echolocation to navigate and capture prey
  • Bats help control the bug population and can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in one hour 
  • Bats save Wisconsin farmers up to $658 million every year in the form of pest control services
  • White-nose syndrome is a disease that could severely impact Wisconsin's bat population
The Wisconsin Digital Archives is a great place to find more information about how bats play a vital part of the ecosystems in Wisconsin and to learn more about the role we can all play in supporting Wisconsin's bat population. Here are just a few resources you'll find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives:
  • Bats of Wisconsin - Wisconsin's eight species of bats are all evening bats and eat insects to survive. Find out more fascinating facts about these bats, some of which are either considered endangered or threatened.
  • 2014 Roost Monitoring Report -  The Wisconsin Bat Program's summer roost monitoring project services to gather information about bat colony numbers and bat roost locations.
  • Building a Bat House - Building a bat house is a great way to keep bats around without having them live with you! A bat house will provide a safe place for bats to thrive.
  • The Echolocator Newsletter - Stay on top of news related to the Wisconsin bats with this newsletter. Provided by the Wisconsin Bat Program, topics include information about white-nose syndrome, bat populations and tracking, and other educational programs relating to bats.
For more information and resources about bats, visit these websites:

Written by:
Mary Hutnik, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning