According to a recent study’s findings published in the journal BioScience, more than 600,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 2012, and this number is probably on the lower side of the truth.
Why should we care about bats, anyway? Vampire movies and television shows aside, actual bats are kind of creepy. If some of them die, is it really that big of a deal?
It turns out that it is. Bats are integral to our ecosystems. Bat Conservation International states on its website that bats actually play a key role in controlling pests that would otherwise seriously harm certain crops, including artichokes, watermelons and cotton. Bats are estimated to save more than $3.7 billion a year in crop damage and pesticide use. In addition, there are some crops that depend on bats for pollination, including bananas, peaches and cloves. Bats are also said to have a role in dispersing seeds for avocados, dates, figs and cashews.