Organic growers rely heavily on birds and bats to keep the insect populations under control in their orchards and crops, but with the heavy use of pesticides, bird and bat populations are also in immediate danger. Once the birds and bats are gone, we will be overrun by rodents, snakes and insects. Nature started out in perfect balance. We have disrupted that balance and it is our responsibility, every one of us, to restore it. We will benefit greatly, and so will our health, from a balanced environment as well.

You can do this too. Backyard Habitats can be created by anyone, and should be since our natural wild areas are rapidly disappearing. Our Bird & Bat Sanctuary Project is designed to educate and inform people on how they can set up a bird and bat sanctuaries on their own property as well as to support the sanctuaries Circkles has set up around the U.S - small acreages we have preserved specifically because they offer a unique habitat for birds or bats that they will lose very quickly. Such as the cliffs of Redstone Canyon in Colorado which are full of holes and crevices the bats like to live in as well as the rare cliff swallows which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.For several years people have been destroying the nests in which so many Cliff Swallows raise their families. Each summer Cliff Swallows go to Virginia and build a new nest and each summer many of them are destroyed. Because this has lasted so long the Cliff Swallow's numbers quickly dropped and now they are listed as endangered
Areas with brush and thickets of wild berries and fruits that offer food and good nesting protection for many songbirds in the prairie areas of the Southwest also need to be preserved. These are valuable nesting sites that many people see as just nuisance brush and they cut it down and clean it up, leaving the birds with no nesting sites.

Of course, you can just feed the birds, but it takes a bit more to actually help them survive our chemical holocaust. They also need a regular water supply, protection from predators and especially chemicals. They also require nesting sites, which are quickly disappearing, that they can feel confident are protected, near adequate food supplies and that are healthy to raise young in.

You cannot control where birds or bats will fly off to, but you can help them to find more suitable living areas and provide food on your property that will be free of chemicals and not harm them or their young. If everybody offered this, the bird and bat populations would start to make a comeback and we would have much fewer bugs and rodents without needing pesticides and poisons.

When we started our Bird and Bat Sanctuary in Colorado about 10 years ago, there were only 2 pairs of Mountain Bluebirds. Last summer we counted over 14 bluebirds. Our house wren population has tripled in that time as well. Both of these species of birds are varocious insect eaters and keep our organic orchards free of insects without any use of pesticides whatsoever.

Our bat population is taking much longer to make a comeback. We will currently see only maybe 2-4 bats in an evening when the night skies used to be filled with them. Bats eat thousands of mosquitoes in a single night, so they are well worth keeping around.

Bat Facts:
Not all bats eat insects!

Eating insects is by far the most common diet found among the 1,300 species of bats worldwide, which certainly benefits our farmers in keeping many insect species in check. However the pollinating role many of our nectar-feeding bats play is just as important.

You may have heard of bats using echolocation to hunt insects, but did you know some bats also use it to find nectar-producing plants? Indeed some plant species have evolved acoustic features in their flowers that make the echo of the bat’s ultrasonic call more conspicuous to their bat pollinators. These flowers often have a bell-shaped concave form, which effectively reflect the sounds the bats emit enabling them bats to easily find flowers in the dense growth of tropical rainforests.

Do You Like Tequila?

Then you need to raise your glass to the pollinating bats that helped to bring it to us! Tequila is made from the agave plant, which relies solely on bats to pollinate its flowers and reproduce. While the bats certainly drink a lot of nectar from the agave plant, you don’t have to worry about them getting drunk! To make tequila, the base or “heart” of the blue agave plant is steamed and minced before being fermented. This part of the plant is quite removed from the giant flower stalk that the bats come in search of.

Longest Tongue in the World.

Could you imagine having a tongue that is 9 feet long? That is what it is like for the rare Anoura fistulata, a nectar-feeding bat from South America, which has the longest tongue (proportionally) of all mammals. A. fistulata is only the size of a mouse, but its tongue is around 8.5 centimeters long, making it up to 150% of its body length! With such a long tongue it couldn’t possibly keep all of it in its mouth. Instead, A. fistulata keeps the tongue in its chest, in a cavity between the heart and sternum.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Circkles Bird & Bat Sanctuary Project.

Proceeds from the sales of the items on this page go toward setting aside bird and bat habitat like the area we preserved for our first bird sanctuary in the Southwest that has thickets and wild fruit trees which make great nesting sites because they offer food and good protection for songbirds. Proceeds also go to building bird and bat houses for them to nest in on lands not sprayed by chemicals. The photos on this page were all taken on our Bird & Bat Sanctuary within the last 2 years. More info below.

April 17th is National Bat Appreciation Day. Have you hugged your bat today? (Just kidding, but we do have some interesting bat facts below. Did you know? Not all bats eat insects? Some are prolific pollinators.

Give a cup full of love. "I'm Batty for You" Valentine's Cup

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Bullock's Oriole on a crabapple branch in full bloom.

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Heart Paw Mug.

Shows our love of our four-legged friends.

Filled with honey candy this gift not only gives your honey some sweet treats, but supports our Bird & Bat Sanctuary Project.

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