Have you ever heard that thing about the Swallows coming back to Capistrano? Mission San Juan Capistrano is a Spanish mission in California founded in the late 1700s, and the return of flocks of Swallows every year on the feast day of St. Joseph, March 19th, completing a 6000-mile trip from South America, is regarded as something of a miracle. It even inspired a song, “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano”. There is no such song to mark the return every spring of bats to my neck of the woods, but were I of a musical persuasion I might just write one. “When the Bats Come Back to the Boonies”. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? I haven’t seen any bats yet this year, though I did hear my first whippoorwill. (It’s a Southern thang, y’all. Look it up if you’ve never heard of it.) I know the bats can’t be far behind.
I was traveling last week, so I am a little late in reporting on International Bat Appreciation Day, which was April 17th. In truth every day should be bat appreciation day, as bats, in addition to just looking cool, are vital to a healthy ecosystem and a healthy human population. 70% of bats are predatory, and their prey of choice is bugs, mosquitoes that drink our blood—most bats do not drink human blood, and even Vampire bats do so very rarely, but they are one step removed from it, as they eat the things that *do* suck our blood—and other pests that eat our fruits and vegetables. We’d all be in a sad shape without bats. There are several easy ways you can show your appreciation for bats, and help them to continue helping us.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
Denn die totden reiten schnell!