Our Friend, the Bat

Oct 24, 2017

Pallid bat.
Credit Elaine Miller Bond

All the flying mammals in the world are bats: the pollinators, the blood-sippers, and the insect-eaters. In Northern California, most bats spend their nights hunting down the kinds of insects people regard as pests. These include moths, which, in larva form, can devastate an entire field of corn or soybeans. Reporter Sarah Reith caught up with a farm adviser and an animal rescue worker to learn more about these voracious nighttime creatures.

Hear Sarah Reith's original report on KZYX, Mendocino County. Read an article by Rachel Long about bat houses, and read an interview with Corky Quirk, the "bat lady" of Yolo Basin.