Sunday marks National Bat Appreciation Day

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. The federal government is declaring the northern long-eared bat, one of North America’s most widely distributed bats a threatened species because of the spread of the deadly fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. The syndrome was first was first discovered among bats in a cave near Albany, New York, in 2006. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the northern long-eared bat meets the criteria for a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows a northern long-eared bat. The federal government is declaring the northern long-eared bat, one of North America’s most widely distributed bats a threatened species because of the spread of the deadly fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. The syndrome was first was first discovered among bats in a cave near Albany, New York, in 2006. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the northern long-eared bat meets the criteria for a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, File)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Sunday is National Bat Appreciation Day.

This is the time of year that bats begin to emerge from hibernation.

There are over 1,200 known species of bats.

Bats are useful for keeping pests away. Bats, like bees, are also pollinators. Nectar-feeding bats help a variety of plants.

Bats are capable of more. Take the time to learn about bats today.

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