Which bats are found here?
I found a bat. What do I do?
Will bats get caught in my hair?
Of sixteen species of bat known
to live in Orange County, two are common in urban areas. Use the links below to find out more about these bats and where
and when to find them.
Finding Bats Locally
Bats in Buildings
Bats of San Diego County
Merlin Tuttle, of Bat Conservation
International, took all the photographs used on this website. For more information about bats from all over the world, check
out BCI's website.
Bat Conservation International (BCI)
If you want to report a local bat
sighting or the location of a sick or injured bat*, please send me an email message. If you do not live in the southern
California area, click on the link for U.S. Rehabilitators.
*Never pick up a sick or injured bat. It could bite in self defense.
Find out more about some local bat species and view photographs of them at the Bat
Natural History link.
Learn ways to handle encounters with bats at the "When you find a bat..." link.
What to do when you find a bat
Strange, but UNTRUE stories about bats are on the Bat Myths link.
Myths about Bats