INTERNATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY
National Bat Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 17th. April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. National Bat Appreciation Day is also an excellent time to learn about the role bats play in nature. One important reason to celebrate bats is that they are considered to be an “insectivorous” creature because they rid our world of many annoying insects. In one hour, a bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes.
Fun Bat Facts:
- Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
- Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
- They use echolocation to find food.
- Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
- There are over 1,200 known species of bats.
- The United States is home to an estimated 48 species of bats.
- Nearly 70% of bats are insectivores.
- Along with bees and butterflies, bats are pollinators making them vital to our food supply.
- One of the largest bats is the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox bat weighing up to 4 lbs with a wingspan of up to 5 feet, 7 inches.
- Bats are clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
- North America’s largest urban bat colony is found on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats. This colony of bats eats approximately 10,000 to 30,000 lbs of insects each night. It is estimated 100,000 tourists visit the bridge annually to watch the bats leave the roost at twilight.
- One colony of 150 Big Brown bats can protect farmers from up to 33 million or more rootworms each summer.
- Almost 40% of American bat species are in severe decline, with some already listed as endangered or threatened.
- Three U.S. states have an official state bat. Texas and Oklahoma have named the Mexican Free-Tailed bat their state bat, and Virginia has dubbed the Virginia Big-Eared bat their state bat.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #BatAppreciationDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more resources for your classroom! National Bat Appreciation Day is featured, too.
Bat Conservation International (BCI) started and supports International Bat Appreciation Day. The BCI mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.
NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY
Observed annually on April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day encourages all to try their hand in creativity. Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and normally consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. Haiku poems are usually inspired by an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty or an individual experience or event. Sensory language is used to capture a feeling or image.
Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.
English haiku does not always follow the strict syllable count found in Japanese haiku. The typical length of haiku found in English language journals is 10-14 syllables, versus the 5-7-5 syllables used in the Japanese language.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day by creating a haiku poem of your own! Post your Haiku poem on social media using #NationalHaikuPoetryDay.
NATIONAL CHEESEBALL DAY
April 17 recognizes the food holiday National Cheeseball Day. There are two ways a cheeseball can be served:
- A cheese spread in the shape of a ball served with crackers, most often around Christmas in the U.S. This cheeseball is commonly made with softened cream cheese and other ingredients.
- Cheese puffs, which is a puffed corn snack, coated with a mixture of cheese or cheese flavored powders. Cheese puffs are manufactured by extruding heated corn dough through a die that forms the particular shape, most likely a ball shape.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try this simple to make recipe for your next party: Easy Bacon Cheese Ball Recipe
Celebrate National Cheeseball Day by making a cheeseball for friends and family. Remember to share a picture of your cheeseball on Social Media using #NationalCheeseballDay.
We were unable to find the creator of National Cheeseball Day during our research.
NATIONAL ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY HISTORY DAY
National Ellis Island Family History Day is held annually on April 17th. “Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1924.” On this day in 1907, just under 12,000 names were recorded as passing through Ellis Island. During all of 1907, over one million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #EllisIslandFamilyHistoryDay to post on social media.
On April 17, 2001, the first National Ellis Island Family History Day was observed. It was by official proclamation of our nation’s governors that April 17 be designated as “National Ellis Island Family History Day.”
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