Cut Bats Some Slack; Build Them a Home for Halloween

Common vampire bat, or Desmodus rotundus. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

No soundtrack to Halloween would be complete without the flapping wings and piercing squeaks of bats. They are the maligned creatures of the night this time of year and also part of the holiday decorating tsunami – as in uber-icky spongey blobs hanging off fishing line on front porches.

Even without Halloween, bats give a lot of people the creeps. It’s a bad rap. For every movie poster of a bat flying straight out, teeth bared, there is a video (see and that reminds us they are living beings requiring care.

October is Bat Appreciation Month, and in honor of the amazing order of Chiroptera, as well as those who care for them, one Washington State University Libraries patron took a tour of the collections and librarian recommendations to learn more about these animals. For the full story, visit….