The Nature Conservancy says some creepy species get unfairly bad rap at Halloween time – Canada News

The Halloween weekend is traditionally filled with pictures of bats, owls, spiders and other animals that arouse fear in many. But a national wildlife organization urges Halloween celebrants not to be intimidated by themselves, but rather to consider the idea that traditional Halloween creatures may face intimidating, long-term threats.

“Instead of being afraid of these animals, we should be afraid of them,” said Megan Quinn, coordinator of conservation biology at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Many of the species are endangered, Quinn said, adding that Halloween provides a great opportunity to become better educated about them and the far from frightening ways they interact with humans.

“People may not understand why organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada are trying to protect them, or worse, they could be blatantly hostile to these creatures trying to do their best to survive,” she said in an interview Saturday.

Quinn said that while legends about bats, vampires, wolves and werewolves create good stories, the haunting images have contributed to negative stereotypes for many animals.

“I think we have a lot of old scary legends and myths. We’ve talked about things like vampires and werewolves for centuries, and they’s good stories and funny for Halloween, but they contribute to the stereotypes that scare people.” ” she said.

A common legend shows the concept of bats drinking blood. Quinn said that although there are some bats around the world that do, it is not true for any of the 18 species found in Canada. However, they give people a helping hand by eating large amounts of mosquitoes every night.

“They’re all insectivores, which means they eat insects,” Quinn said.

Quinn said that although owls may sound creepy and look creepy with their big eyes, they are useful for controlling rodent populations.

She said people can help the various species by planting native flowers, putting up bat boxes and not even tearing up autumn leaves, so insects and other sources of food for small animals are protected in the winter.

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