On the issue of bat conservation, Tuttle makes a surprising point: It's not the rare, endangered bats like this one that we should be most concerned with protecting, but common bats. These large populations of bats serve such a critical role as pollinators, seed dispersers and insect control, that the health of our environment depends on keeping their populations healthy.
Even common bats face their share of problems. "Bats are in trouble, for sure. They're losing habitat due to human expansion and pollution, and are unfairly persecuted. Bats are killed on sight because people are mistakenly fearful of them," Tuttle tells us. To help out in the bat conservation effort, help spread the word that when simply left alone, bats make safe and valuable neighbors, and should never be killed. Or, go one step further and put up a bat house.
For more information about bats and their conservation needs, check out batcon.org and merlintuttle.com.