In 2019, Ohio government recognized National Bat Week. National Bat Week is every year from October 24th – October 31st. National Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature and raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Visit the National Bat Week’s website at www.batweek.org for more information on bats and how to take action not matter where you are.
Ohio Bat Week Video Series:
Ohio Bat Working Group members have created a series of videos for Bat Week and beyond! These videos were created to address a variety of topics related to bats in Ohio with the intent to aid educators in preparing and delivering bat programs. We hope you find them helpful!
- Bat Biology
- Bat Habitat and Life Cycle
- Bat Species of Ohio
- Threats to Bats
- How Bats are Studied
- Bat Houses
- Bat Gardens
- Bats in Buildings
- If You Find a Bat
Special thanks to Sarah Stankavich, Danielle Thompson, Melissa Proffitt, Cindy Maravich, Tammy O’Neil, Marne Titchenell, Rick Shears, and the Education and Outreach Committee for the creation of these videos.
2020 Bat Week Events
We had a great 2020 bat week and some programs are still accessible. Be sure to check out the links below!
- The Ohio Wildlife Center is offering bat programs
- Bats Incredible Self-guided Walk @ Sharon Woods Metro Park (6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081)
- Download the free TaleBlazer app from your play store and begin at the Lake Restrooms. Trail is 1-mile in length.
- Join Cleveland Metro Park’s Naturalist, Marty Calabrese as he talks bat on a walk through the woods
- Marty also has a YouTube channel on nature info for all ages. Check out his Creature Feature on the Big Brown Bat.
- Noble County Extension offered a series of programs on their Facebook page from bat house building to pumpkin carving!