Riding on the trail at dusk on the Chesebro Trail in Agoura Hills, one is never alone. Squirrels, rabbits, coyote, crows, owls, and the occasional deer keep me company. Just in the last year or two, I've added bats to the list of companions on the trail.
This summer I've noticed bats like I've never noticed them before. They seem like small black birds flitting about, yet unlike birds, they make frequent changes in direction - more like an insect than a bird.
I guess the bat population has increased dramatically this year. Does anyone know why? I'm certain this is good news since bats eat mosquitoes like crazy. Bats also pollinate plants.
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