Building a Better Bat Box

We’re admitting it from the get-go, we are batty and we’re proud of it. And of course Austin is known for it’s accelerated bat population. Most of us are happy to just let them be wild and free, but some might want to deepend their relationships with these nocturnal creatures and maybe even give them a place to stay for the night. Dlanne Odegard and Fran Hitchins from Bat Conservation International stopped by the studio with more on these creatures and an unnatural habitat we can build that will still make them feel right at home. Dianne showed us 2 types of bats that are found in this area – the Mexican freetail bat and the evening bat. They both roost in bat boxes which Fran showed us how to make. The primary things to keep in mind when building a bat box is to make it of a rough wood so that the bats can grip onto it, to make holes in the panels for circulation and for the bats to move between chambers, and to make it weather tight. Placement of your bat box is also crucial. Keep them in an area that gets full morning sun, about 12-15 feet off the ground, and not in a tree where predators might climb up. You can find out more about Bat Conservation International by calling them at 512-327-9721 or check out batcon.org.

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