Why study bats? It's a question my husband Bruce addresses from time to time since bats are his specialty. And let's be honest, there's a big yuck factor for many people regarding bats. But bats are actually cute and fuzzy.
Ok, some of them are a bit bizarre-looking. But you must admit the little myotis (above) is a pretty appealing little animal. And "little" it is, at less than 4 grams in weight. That's less than a single US 5-cent coin.
Since bats are nocturnal, they can be hard to study. But they are still important. Bats provide valuable "ecosystem services" such as:
- critical pollinators of many tropical plants
- seed dispersers that recolonize cleared areas
- insect population control