A little observation and research, with help from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC), leads us to believe that our bats are Big Brown Bats (not an exotic name, I realize, but there it is). “Big”, by the way, is relative. Big Brown Bats are 4-5″ long.
We’ve learned that our bats are among a population in great danger due to White Nose Syndrome. According to LWC, more than 50% of American bats are in decline or already endangered due to White Nose Syndrome. We’re feeling pretty protective of our Oatlands bats and we’re watching for signs that our group is a maternal colony. It’s the right time of year for bats to have their pups.
We’ll be doing our best to protect our bats and help them thrive. They help us by vastly reducing our insect population and making a stroll through the garden an even more pleasant experience.