After much planning, preparation, and gathering of donations, Daniel DeNeve led fellow scouts from Paducah’s Boy Scout Troop 200 in installing eight boxes on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Hillman Ferry Campground, and Matthew Fowler led scouts from the Paris, Tenn., Boy Scout Troop 22 to install eight boxes on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Piney Campground.
“Both Daniel’s and Matthew’s projects 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 Hillman Ferry and Piney Campgrounds 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 mosquitos and moths. A single little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquito-sized insects in a single hour!
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