Every day in the summer summer around dusk, I would look up above and see bats flying above my yard. I love bats, but so many people don’t. But bats are SO COOL!
In this episode I talk with my friend and bat biologist Lisa Gatens of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She’s been studying bats for about 20 years. In this interview, she tells us some amazing bat facts as well as tips on how to live alongside and help out bats.
Specifically we go over…
- Fun bat facts
- Bat moms are bad ass
- Vampire bats
- Bat diversity
- Why bats are important
- What bats do for people
- How to attract bats to your yard
- Why do bats need our help?
- What should you do if you have a bat in your house
- Bats and disease
- Bats and COVID-19
- Bats are cute
- And MORE!
Resources and Sources Mentioned in Bats are the Best
Cute Bat Photos from Bat Biologist Lisa Gatens:
An amazing documentary on bat biologist Dr. Rodrigo Medellín, the "bat man" of Mexico.
Lesser long-nosed bat. One of the bats that pollinates the blue agave plant used to make tequila.
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.