In celebration of Halloween and support of those who go unseen while working so hard to support us all, dwelling in the shadows, October’s Skill Share is bat box building.
Bats love to devour flies and mosquitos (one bat can consume as many as 1,000 mosquitos in one night) and aid in plant pollination too. Not to mention, they are fun to watch as they wheel and dart through the twilight-lit skies.
Some wood will be provided as well as dark stain options. However, you are encouraged to bring wood of your own as well, along with a snack to share.
As you ponder your bat box placement, please consider that they would prefer to be at least 30 feet up on a protected surface (such as the side of your house or barn) with sunlight hitting their box during the day so it gets warm. Although they would roost in trees (between the bark of an old tree and the wood) they prefer to not have their box put on a tree as it is too easily preyed upon there.
You, your children, partners, and friends are invited to this free event. Please no dogs.
Further Reading: Bat box plans and planning taken from: http://www.batcon.org/