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October 31, 2008

Audobon Cedar Bat Shelter

One summer night, just before dawn, a bat found its way around the storm window frame and ended up on the inside of the window screen. The sound of it scurrying around on the screen was such a weird thing to wake up to. Before it worked its way into the room, we pulled the window down and went back to sleep. Sure enough, after about 15 minutes of scurrying around on the screen, the bat found the way out and was off again in the night.

We have a lot of bats here and enjoy watching them race around after sunset. Small brown bats, like the ones that live around here, can eat up to 2,000 insects per night. Without them working at night and without the dragonflies working by day, we would be completely inundated with mosquitoes. According to the Bat Conservation International, "Bats are mammals, just like humans, which means that all bats are warm-blooded, have hair, bear live young, and feed their babies milk."


As you may have heard, bats have been dying off in unprecedented numbers this year. It seems like they share the same troubles as our beloved, although non-native, honeybee. In our efforts to have a well-rounded backyard garden area and support these important pollinators, put a bat house on a deciduoubats, bat house, Audobon Cedar Bat Shelter, mosquito controls tree or pole in your yard. It's okay if it's in the shade for the summer but the house needs to receive direct sunlight during the winter.

This bat house from Audobon is a good choice. Similarly to a bluebird house, a bat house needs to be built with specific dimensions for the health and safety of the bat. This house is made from cedar and will provide a home for approximately 20 bats. Available from Amazon for $35.99.

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Posted by Mary Ellen at October 31, 2008 10:30 AM
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