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A bat approaches an agave branch in Sonoita, Arizona. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Hoffman.

10 Reasons You Should Love Bats

10/31/2013 // By Guest Author

Lets face it, bats get a pretty bad rep. Many times in the media they are portrayed as scary, blood sucking, rabid creatures. Only about 1% of bats are believed to carry the rabies virus. And quite a few species can be pretty darn cute! Read more >

long-nosed bat, Arizona, pollen eating

Bat Facts You Won’t Find in “The Dark Knight Rises”

7/19/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Back when The Dark Knight was released in 2008, we made a very solid case for “7 Reasons Bats are Just as Cool as Batman.” Really, who can challenge these amazing flying mammals, especially when put up against what is essentially […] Read more >

A Big Brown bat eating a meal worm. Photo credit: MABlevins, 2012

5 Need-to-Know FAQs for Seeing a Bat in the Daytime

3/28/2012 // By Megan Blevins

I’m convinced that bats are one of the most misunderstood creatures of our time. People either love them (“Oh, they’re so cute!”) or they fear them (“Oh, they have rabies!”), and I ran across an online post from my own DC neighborhood that […] Read more >

Jorge, a Big Brown bat. MABlevins/NWF

A Truly Scary Halloween Story: Bats Are In Trouble

10/27/2011 // By Megan Blevins

Wildlife-Friendly DMV connects wildlife enthusiasts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to local wildlife and the National Wildlife Federation. I will share with you the wildlife and nature where I “roam,” and bring to life the stories of […] Read more >

Photo by Forrest Brem and Public Library of Science via Wikimedia Commons.

5 Mass Wildlife Deaths to Really be Worried About

1/11/2011 // By David Mizejewski

In the last week, we heard news report after news report of mass wildlife die-off events, making it seem like the Apocalypse was drawing near. Birds dropped out of the sky, dead fish covered miles of the surface of rivers […] Read more >

Wildlife CSI: The Feds Investigating the “Aflockalypse” Blackbird Deaths.

1/8/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

In the face of all the recent bird and fish kills in the U.S. and abroad, we thought it might be interesting to learn more about the federal office that investigates bird, fish and other wildlife kills in the United […] Read more >

little brown bat affected by White-nose syndrome

Now that’s scary! White-nose syndrome decimating US bat populations

10/28/2010 // By Helen Chmura

It’s almost Halloween and there is no better time to spotlight an animal in need of our attention: bats! Bat populations across the northeastern United States are being destroyed by a deadly new fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome. As […] Read more >

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7 Reasons Bats are Just as Cool as Batman

7/22/2008 // By Danielle Brigida

Batman, the hero of Gotham and star of The Dark Knight, is a good guy faced with intense obstacles that sometimes make him an enemy in the eyes of his city. More often than not, he falls victim to the […] Read more >