Now that the leaves have fallen, a friendly reminder to keep them on the ground!
If you have to rake, try raking into garden beds or tidy piles. DYK that eastern red bats hang out in the leaf litter on the coldest winter days?? #leavetheleaves #bats #tuesdaytips https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2014/02/20/leaf-litter-keeps-ground-roosting-eastern-red-bats-warm/#:~:text=When%20winter%20temperatures%20are%20not,temporarily%20hibernate%20underneath%20leaf%20litter.&text=Even%20a%20shallow%20layer%20of,air%20temperatures%20fall%20below%20freezing.
Fish & Wildlife Upland Hardwoods Leaf Litter Keeps Ground-Roosting Eastern Red Bats Warm by Sarah Farmer, Science Delivery Group • February 20, 2014 Eastern red bat. Photo by Anita Gould, courtesy of Creative Commons. When winter weather arrives, most bats hibernate in caves, but a few species...