Cast of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Makes a Video for Bat Conservation

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Cast of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Makes a Video for Bat Conservation

It’s a little known fact that Florida actually has a cave system, complete with stalactites and stalagmites – and even resident bats. For a state known for its shallow underground water system that prevents most people from even having basements, air-filled caves are an anomaly. You can find Florida’s caves at Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida, which is in the northwestern part of the state (between Tallahassee and Panama City).

Cave-ImageBats are often associated with caves (and also with Halloween), and the flying mammals were in the spotlight this week during National Bat Week.

Bats deserve their own week and all the attention they can get. For one thing, bats are frequently misunderstood and feared; there’s the whole vampire mythos, not to mention their prominence in Halloween décor.

Kid-friendly books like Stellaluna have helped us understand that not all bats ‘vant to suck your blood’! Stellaluna is a fruit bat and therefore a pollinator. Just like bees, bats like Stellaluna help to disperse seeds and pollinate hundreds of types of fruit trees, like mangos and bananas. Then there are the swarms of bats that frequently appear in my backyard at dusk to dive-bomb the mosquitos gathering there. Bats in the U.S. eat tons of insects, which helps decrease the use of pesticides and control some insect-borne diseases.

Bat White-Nose Syndrome Cleaning StationRecently I had the good fortune to visit Linville Caverns in North Carolina. Although this cave system differs from our rare Florida ones, one thing they have in common is a concern for the creatures that shelter there. At caverns around the country, you’ll hear about the fungal disease that is threatening bat populations across the U.S. White-nose Syndrome has reportedly killed as many as 6 million bats in North America, and is putting many species at risk for extinction. If you do visit a cave system, you’ll likely be asked to wipe your feet with a bleach/water solution upon exiting the cave, like we did at Linville Caverns. This is a precaution to help stop the spread of White-nose Syndrome.

Even celebrities are coming to the aid of bats. Check out this video hosted by Zack Snyder, the director for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and two of the film’s actors: Ben Affleck and Amy Adams.

 

Find out more about bats:

National Geographic’s 6 Bat Myths Busted
USDA’s The Real Story Behind Bats

Images: Christine Janesko

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3 responses »

  1. I love these beneficial creatures and their populations are suffering much. In many places visits to their caves has been banned. Hope your Florida bats thrive. Here up the cold North, I enjoy Little Brown Bat dancing above my garden at dusk. So interesting that they live in separate roosts: one for mamas with babies and another one for males only. 🙂

    • Hi Carmen! I’ve been hibernating for a while… (ha). I don’t think it has hit the Florida Caverns, from what I’ve read, but it is very widespread, and that is very concerning. That is really interesting that the segregate themselves! I wonder if that is only that particular species or if it’s something that other bats do?

      • Finding out that I have these little ones above my home in the woods made me learn about them. I do not know if other species roost separately, but they might as a precautionary measure, as other mammals do.

        It is very cold now and they already fell into wintry dreams, miss them! 🙂

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