The time has come to embrace the bat. Far from being the menace portrayed in horror movies, bats are critical to the well-being of our ecosystems and to the very survival of our species. Some bats are pollinators and seed-carriers that help propagate our plant population. Others keep insect numbers in check by consuming mass quantities of bugs, saving farmers billions of dollars annually in avoided pesticide use. And still others nurture plant life with the nitrogen in their droppings. Merlin Tuttles loving portrayals of the worlds only flying mammal, paired with lively and informative text, capture the industrious nature of this fascinating nocturnal creature.