Bat Week 2020

By Sarah Olson | October 27, 2020

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A pair of Townsend’s big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii), a species found in the western U.S., show off the size of their ears which they use to locate insect prey (Credit: N. Fuller).

Bat Week represents an international effort to raise awareness and appreciation for the role of bats in our world. At a moment when bats have captured our attention because of their association with the viral disease spillover responsible for COVID-19, it is time for us to reimagine and build a healthier relationship with nature and these magnificent winged mammals.

The mid-twentieth century marked the historic end of WWII, and it was also the time when scientists think SARS-CoV-2 probably diverged from its closest-known bat virus relative. Since then, the world’s urban population has grown 600 percent, from 750 million to 4.2 billion. Globally, 4.5 …


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