Rosemarie Curcio loves bats. That’s why she volunteers at the Raven Ridge Wildlife Center in Washington Boro.
In June and July, little brown bat pups get a lot of her attention, with feedings every two hours, day and night. Curcio currently has nine pups in her care.
Although her little colony is nocturnal, Curcio doesn’t mind being a bit sleep deprived.
“The population like the myotis species are rapidly declining due to the white nose, which is a disease that’s affecting them, and they’re just so vital to our environment,” Curcio said. “And yet, you have the other hand of people being so afraid of them, afraid of them to the point that when they see them, their fear makes them want to kill them.”
Curcio says there is a positive sign.
“I do see an increase in the number of bats I’ve been getting,” she said. “I see that people, their immediate reaction is not let me kill it, it’s let me try to get help for it, and I see that as heading in a positive direction.”
Since bats can carry rabies, it’s best to call for help from an expert if you find a bat in need.
Raven Ridge can always use help with its mission. Volunteers are taking care of a lot of animals right now and the center receives no government funding. It relies solely on donors for money, materials, and volunteers.
If you’d like to help, visit ravenridgewildlifecenter.org.