Here in Wisconsin we’re much more likely to run into bats and spiders – and they are vitally important to our environment! Eight kinds of bats and 30 kinds of spiders live in Wisconsin and without these predators insects would soon overwhelm the earth. One little brown bat can eat up to 1,200 bugs in an hour, often two in a single second!
Bats in Wisconsin are in danger, however, but there are ways that your child can help! Visit the Madison Audubon Bat Monitoring page and download the “Bats Wanted Poster” to post at your local library, grocery store, or other public place to raise awareness. You could even put together a bat house using instructions from the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program! Bat houses give bats a safe place to live, and they return the favor by eating LOTS of mosquitoes!
And while you’re doing all that you can learn even more about important bug-eating predators on Wild Kratts! Join Matt and Chris Kratt as they set off on a mission to find and recreate spider silk. This brand new episode of Wild Kratts airs at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Halloween.