FREDERICTON — Halloween weekend is historically rife with photographs of bats, owls, spiders and different animals that spark concern in lots of.
FREDERICTON — Halloween weekend is historically rife with photographs of bats, owls, spiders and different animals that spark concern in lots of. However one nationwide wildlife group is urging Halloween celebrants to not be spooked for themselves, however somewhat think about the concept conventional Halloween creatures could also be dealing with scarier, longer-term threats.
“As an alternative of being scared of those animals, we ought to be scared for them,” stated Megan Quinn, coordinator of conservation biology with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Most of the species are in danger, Quinn stated, including Halloween provides a very good alternative to get higher educated about them and the far-from-frightening methods they work together with people.
“Individuals won’t perceive why organizations just like the Nature Conservancy of Canada are attempting to guard them, and even worse, they could possibly be overtly hostile to those creatures which are attempting to do their finest to outlive,” she stated in an interview Saturday.
Quinn stated whereas legends of bats, vampires, wolves and werewolves make for excellent tales, the haunting photographs have contributed to damaging stereotypes for a lot of animals.
“I believe we have now a variety of previous scary legends and myths. We have been speaking about issues like vampires and werewolves for hundreds of years, and they’re nice tales and enjoyable for Halloween, however they do contribute to the stereotypes that do make folks afraid,” she stated.
One widespread legend options the idea of bats ingesting blood. Quinn stated whereas there are some bats world wide that do, that is not true of any of the 18 species current in Canada. They do, nevertheless, lend people a serving to hand by consuming massive numbers of mosquitos each night time.
“They’re all insectivores, which suggests they eat bugs,” Quinn stated.
Quinn stated whereas owls could sound eerie and look spooky with their massive eyes, they’re useful in controlling rodent populations.
She stated folks can assist the totally different species by planting native flowers, placing up bat packing containers, and even not raking fall leaves in order that bugs and different sources of meals for small animals are protected through the winter.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 30, 2021.
Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press