Attracting bats to a bat house

August 25, 2010

We recently had a reader write to us and ask how to attract bats to bat houses. That can be tricky! There are many different kinds of bat houses, and they often need to be installed in certain places or in a specific way to make them attractive to neighborhood bats. If you want to learn how to attract bats to your bat house, check out these great resources from Bat Conservation International:

Install a Bat House!

BCI has all kinds of great information on how to correctly install a bat house and even how to build your own!

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New York Times editorial about WNS

August 11, 2010

Read this good editorial about White Nose Syndrome:

A Destructive Epidemic

It is difficult to imagine that an entire species, whose numbers are historically very large, could actually disappear. It is even more difficult, but equally unpleasant, to imagine how their disappearance might change an entire ecosystem.

The sky at dusk used to be filled with those predators, each one eating its body weight in insects nightly. Without them, the balance of nature will be changed, with potentially significant impact on agriculture and forestry, which have always depended — almost without knowing it — on the role of insectivorous bats.