I feel like you don't see enough bats flying about these days. They are simple creatures but their fluttering in the early even ski is quite majestic. Over the past few years, Bats have had it hard due to a fungus that affected a large amount of New York Bats.

Hopefully, we are becoming more aware of how to help our Hudson Valley Bat population. Bat are essential to so much of our ecosystem. They are pollinators who love to eat those pesky mosquitos.

SEE Also: New York State Pollinators includes Bats

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation via Facebook
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation via Facebook

They are quiet, which is why they are sometimes hard to spot. Also here in the Hudson Valley, we don't have the larger species of bats so they can easily be hanging around and you might not notice. In New York according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, we have 9 types of bats which range in body size from 2 to 3 inches and average a wing span between 9 and 13 inches.

SEE Also: New York State Bat Facts

There is so much to learn about this small-flying mammal. Yes, bats are mammals and you can go to a Bat Event at the West Hurley Library in July to learn even more about these helpful creatures. Learn About Bats with Jerry Schneider will take place July 24th from 11 AM to noon. This event is free but the library would like to pre-register.

Audiences will learn how vital bats are for maintaining a healthy environment (did you know that a Little Brown Bat eats up to 1000 mosquitoes in one night?). Via interactive dialogue and slides, children move beyond old stereotypes, to an understanding of the importance of bats for farmers, fruit growers, the rain forest, and us. (via West Hurley Public Library)

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A Great Place to Watch for Bats Could Be Your Backyard

Hudson Valley Backyard Camping Essentials

Camping in the backyard has come a long way since I was a kid but the basics haven't changed a bit.

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Hudson Valley New York Camping Resorts

The Hudson Valley is a camping destination for so many people including those of us who live locally. It is a great way to have a summer vacation every weekend close to home. Many places offer a seasonal rate for you to save money on your stay. You pull the trailer in for the summer and park it for the season which is usually May to October. The resorts we found offer family fun amenities and a season full of exciting activities.

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