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  • Writer's pictureCari Mackey

Bats of Panama - The Beautiful batmen of Morrillo

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

If you're looking for a party, loud music, or a late night dancing while on holiday, we will sorely disappoint. But, a day of adventure stretched into a sunset surf session and a long night of rest is where we shine.

Before moving to this remote area of Panama, we noticed how the locals tended to rise and rest with the sun - our kind of people! It's easy to do when the sun rises and sets at the same time each day, all year round - 6:30 AM & PM.

Happy hour is a slightly different story and can get pretty exciting. Don't worry though, we'll never receive a noise complaint from our neighbors, but you will be intrigued by the sound.

t's our resident bug control, our pollinators, our re-foresters, our plant protectors - our adorable little bats. Every one of our guests is amazed by these little guys as are we. Right around happy hour is when they are waking up, stretching their wings and getting ready to feast. Our most commonly seen bats are the Greater Sac-winged bat (brown pictured right) and we

even had a short visit from the rare Northern Ghost Bat.

They get to be really vocal at this time of evening - their morning meeting. These sounds are their way of attracting mates, communicating with their young, and no doubt making a plan for the night. They are, thankfully insectivores so they protect humans from bugs like mosquitoes and plants from pests. No need for toxic bug repellants or pesticides when you have bats around; one bat will eat thousands of bugs in just one night. Dang, I actually had planned to tell you more about The Dark Night which is sort of perfect pun for BATman. Not only is the dark knight a beautiful thing, we are serious about maintaining the outside of our property dark at night for protection of everything around us from bugs to bats to birds, turtles and our humans. This will have to wait for next week though and trust's worth it.

Your Friends in Morrillo, Cari and Ryan Mackey Owners and Hosts Morrillo Beach Eco Resort

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