After much planning, preparation, and gathering of donations, Liam Parker led fellow Scouts from Murray, KY’s Boy Scout Troop 45 in installing the boxes on Aug. 18.
“Liam’s project will really help out our resident bat population,” said Woodlands Nature Station Interpreter, Aviva Yasgur. Bats face numerous threats from habitat loss to diseases; these boxes, which can hold 50 – 100 bats each, will give them a safe place to roost during the day.” As part of LBL’s Respect the Resource initiative, installing these bat boxes will provide natural pest control and benefit local bat species by providing valuable shelter.
Visitors to Wranglers Campground, both human and equine, will benefit from the project. All 16 native bat species in Kentucky are insect eaters; in fact, bats are the main predator of night-flying insects such as mosquitoes and moths. A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquito-sized insects in a single hour!
Protecting bat populations is a priority for LBL and all federal and state land management agencies.
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