Bats are an amazing and unique God’s creation. These are the only mammals that can fly. They are also called bats, but they have nothing to do with mice. In total, scientists have counted more than 1,200 species of bats in the world. They are common on all continents except, of course, cold Antarctica. 23 species of bats live in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Most of them are rare and need protection. Varieties of bats, their peculiarities of life, and difficulties of survival were discussed during the ecological and educational event, which took place in the town of Berehovo (Zakarpattia region). Well-known biologist and expert of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies Leonid Pokrytyuk told the participants a lot of interesting and informative information about bats.
The event was accompanied by a presentation of a thematic exhibition dedicated to this group of these mammals. Participants were impressed by many facts about the life of bats. For example, the children were very interested to know that bats can “see with their ears”. These mammals use echolocation for orientation in space – the production of ultrasonic signals and getting back their echoes. The creative part of the ecological and educational event was the presentation of artificial boxes for bats, which were made the day before. Children willingly joined in coloring these bat boxes. Everyone showed their imagination, and creatively approached the task and the result was pleasing. See photos – judge for yourself!
The event was held by the Interreligious and Environmental Civil Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) (led by Alexander Bokotey) with the support of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband, NABU International), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IRCEF