Archive for May 29th, 2012

Bats are Back

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

This is Passport to Texas

Some people will always be afraid of bats no matter what.

04—A lot of people fear bats because of a lot of myths and superstitions associated with them.

Meg Goodman is a bat biologist. She says bats will not intentionally entangle themselves in your hair, or do any of the other bad bat behavior for which they receive blame.

08—We do a lot of work to get the message across that bats are actually very, very beneficial for us, and they’re very gentle creatures and very interesting to learn about and learn from.

Good news for bats is that people are slowly beginning to appreciate them. In fact, certain bats such as the Mexican free-tail that winters in Mexico and summers in Texas, have a following of fans in certain cities statewide.

12—The Mexican free-tailed bat is probably one of our most common bats in the state, and people know it because it lives in such large numbers in places such as bridges and caves and makes nightly emergences that many people can come out and watch.

Tomorrow Meg Goodman returns to talk about how bats can save farmers money on pest control.

05—The Mexican free-tailed bat, in particular, is really valuable for agricultural purposes.

That’s out show. The Wildlife and Sport fish Restoration program supports our series and funds conservation project throughout Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.