That's why the timing of projects such as the Rover pipeline and increased drilling exploration in the Wayne couldn't be worse, said Nathan Johnson, an attorney with the Ohio Environmental Council.
"These bats are really on their heels as it is," he said. "They're on the brink of extinction."
Johnson is a bat ally, and there are others at his side.
Johnson said of the bats: "They're our best friends when it comes to insect and mosquito control. Some species are excellent pollinators, too."
With diseases such as Zika fresh on our minds, and agriculture so vital to Ohio's economy, that should count for something.
It doesn't. Humans have a gift for short-sightedness. To us, you are just flying rodents, and your contribution to biodiversity is intangible.
Advocates such as Johnson are committed, but there aren't nearly enough of them. There also isn't the political will. Not when a disregard for our planet goes right to the top with a new president who rejects the accepted science of climate change and promises to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
There's no easy way to put this, my mouse-eared companion.
In this age, the few voices raised on your behalf will be ignored, like fading squeaks in the dark.