The theme for Bat Week 2017 is Go To Bat for Bats! Bats need our help more than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of fun and simple ways to step up to the plate.
Here are 5 ways to get you started, right from the official BatWeek.org website:
Play In the Big League!
We are so excited to be partnering with baseball and softball teams around the world. Do you have a way to help us connect to even more teams? Whether you play on a Pee Wee Team, Slow Pitch Softball Team, or an Adult Co-Ed League, you can help us reach more people. Even if you only watch the games, you can get involved. Click here for a letter that you can modify to reach out to the team nearest you. Invite them to participate. We’ve highlighted the items you will need to update.
Take the Pledge!
Bats are amazing animals, and they contribute greatly to our environmental health and to our economy. However, they face significant conservation challenges, and an invasive disease, White-nose Syndrome has killed millions of bats in the United States and Canada. Take our “Go to Bat for Bats” Pledge and take action today. You can make a difference! Click here to download the pledge. Be sure to take a picture of yourself with your signed pledge (or you completing the actions on your pledge) and post it to our Facebook Page. Our goal is to have 1,000 people pledge to help bats during Bat Week!
Fly Ball! We Need Ears.
Despite the saying, “blind as a bat,” bats can see quite well. However, sight is not the only sense they use. Insect-eating bats use their sense of hearing to navigate and find food in the dark. Using their voices and their ears, bats locate objects through echolocation. Their ears are specially adapted to gather sound waves. Bat ears are important and so cool! Before you head out to the game, download our bat ears here. Cut them out and wear them to the ball field. And, don’t forget to post a selfie on our Facebook Page.
Host a Bat Week Party or Special Event!
We love a good party, and we are willing to bet that you do too. This year, we want you to host a Bat Week Party or other special event to get others excited about bats. You can feature bat-themed games, foods and drinks that are made possible by bats, and/or costume contests, – anything that highlights our amazing bats! If your event is open to the public, such as a party at a community hall, a bat festival at the students’ union, a presentation at your local library, or a night hike exploring bats, then feel free to share your event on our Facebook page. Remember to email all of your friends and family. We want everyone celebrating bats! And, if you are really organized, you could even host a bat house building party. It would be great to see how many bat houses you could build in a single day! Be creative! Get involved! Go to Bat for Bats! Here are a few tools for your party:
- We have downloadable invites here for you to print off and customize for your event.
- We also have a great craft for you or your party guests. Send everyone home with their own Bat Week Party Favor – an awesome candy bar wrapped in a bat. Click here for the template.
- We have a host of recipes here that you can use for your party or event. They feature foods and beverages that are made possible by bats! And, they are delicious!
- Why not host a bat house-making party. Click here for directions to make bat houses and here to learn where to install your finished bat house.
- Want to plant a native garden to help bats during the event? Here is more information.
- Want to have your guests make bat origami? Click here for instructions.
- Everyone loves to color! Use our HUGE Bat Week Mural to create some art during your event. Here is a guide to turn this into a fun and educational project.
- Need some decorations? Maybe you need a bunch of little brown bats hanging from the ceiling. Click here to make your own.
- Are you encouraging costumes? Click here for directions to make your own.
- Want to give a bat presentation? Here is one you can use (we’ve included notes).
- Want to host a movie night? Click here for a free video about White-nose Syndrome or here for the movie, “Batman of Mexico.” Have a younger audience? Then our “Bat Squad” videos are the perfect answer. You can find all four episodes here.
- Hosting a public event? Be sure to can add your event information to our Twitterand Facebook pages. We can help you reach even more bat fans.
- Click here for all of the 2017 Bat Week tools. There are so many ways to take action for bats!
Proclaim Bat Week Locally!
Bat Week is a time to celebrate our bats and to spread the word about how we can help protect them. One great way to do this is to ask your town, city, or state officials to make a formal proclamation. You can use the proclamation (or its signing) as a great way to involve local media. Take some photos of the proclamation being signed, hold a press conference, or write a letter to the local paper. You’ll reach people you don’t even know and get them thinking positively about bats!
- Use our Sample Letter as a starting place for requesting a proclamation. We have designed it for the State Level (Governor), but this could be modified for a town, city, school, or business. Be sure to include the Proclamation Text with your letter.