April 7, 2013
I never knew much about bats. I wasn't scared of them, I just didn't think much about them. I had to become vaccinated against rabies years ago for a job, so I thought I'd help out with wildlife rescue since I was already vaccinated and I love working with animals. It didn't take long for me to morph into a bat-lover and to want to share the stories of their beauty, intelligence and contributions. We need bats and they need us. They need us to start noticing them for the huge roll they play in insect management here in the U.S., which greatly reduces the need to use pesticides (not only reducing chemical impact but saving us money, too). They need us to be smarter and kinder when we encounter them and to know fact from fiction. They've been vilified like no other animal, mainly because of what we don't know about them. Myths have led to centuries of persecution. There's also a widespread lack of interest in bats because it's easy to forget they're around and that they're important since many people never see them out and about, or don't realize they've seen them. They need us to discuss how severely threatened they are by things like the mysterious and deadly white-nose syndrome and wind turbines. The discussions about how to manage these threats are few and far between. They need a voice. Save Lucy aims educate and spark an interest and awareness in these elegant, intelligent and useful creatures. I am so grateful I am able to play a small part in such a big cause. The dark woods behind my house, the peaceful twilight over a meadow, walking home from the metro at dusk...they all reveal something magical to me now. Now, when I stand in the night air I am elevated to a new level of wonder and fascination, as I never fail to notice the graceful presence of a hard-working bat.
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