Did you know that there are 9 species of bats in NY state?! Cave-roosting bats stay in the same general location and hibernate in the winter. Species such as big brown bats and little brown bats typically use nest boxes in the Northeast. We’ve seen species of tree-roosting bats at Avalon as well!
Similar to birds, butterflies and bees, bats are key pollinators and are also important for seed dispersal. Like many other wildlife we build nest boxes for, bats too are suffering from the effects of habitat degradation. Bats may form maternal roosts over the summer and use roosts for hibernation in the winter.
Come pitch in as we build/paint bat houses, learn more about these amazing mammals, their conservation threats and what we can do to help them. We’ll be donating our bat houses to other local organizations who are interested in installing them and maybe we will even put one up at Avalon!
This will be a two-session project over the mid-winter recess. Although not required, volunteers are encouraged to attend both dates. We will be meeting at the barn located on Shep Jones Lane in Stony Brook.
Example of a bat house
*Information derived from the Central Park Conservancy
What to Bring:
- Extra layers- hat, gloves, thick socks
- Water bottle & snack