Become a Conservationist

Old High Bats

In 2008, tens of thousands of bats were discovered living in Old High Middle School. The school district was told to remove the bat colonies from the historic building. What was the impact of the loss of this colony to downtown Bentonville? Where did the bats go?

Why are bats important?

Bats are a vital part of our ecosystem. Humans and the environment depend on bats for pollination, seed dispersal, and as nature's insectivores.

Bats native to Arkansas

  • Big Brown Bat
  • Brazilian free-tailed Bat
  • Eastern Pipistrelle Bat
  • Evening Bat
  • Gray Bat endangered
  • Hoary Bat
  • Indiana Bat endangered
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Northern Long- Eared Bat
  • Ozark Big-Eared Bat endangered
  • Rafinesque's Big-Eared Bat
  • Seminole Bat
  • Southeastern Bat

Arkansas Bats are Nature's Insectivores

Bats eat many types of insects including:
  • beetles
  • ants
  • flies
  • leafhoppers
  • mayflies
  • stoneflies
  • mosquitoes
  • termites
  • crickets
  • midges
  • dragon flies
  • crane flies
  • gnats
  • other insects

What can be done to conserve the bat population?

  • Educate yourself
  • Teach others who are afraid of bats
  • Join a conservation organization
  • Put up a bat house in your backyard
  • Plant more trees
  • Become a bat biologist
  • Recycle, reuse, and reduce the things you buy and throw away