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Plant a Bat Garden
From Organization for Bat Conservation
CLICK HERE for a pdf file
Bats eat night flying insects.  If you would like to attract bats to your garden, you may want to plant flowers that are late day blooming or night-scented. These plants will attract night pollinators, like moths, which bats like to eat.

BUILD and/or INSTALL a BAT HOUSE

Backyard Habitat for Wildlife
From the US Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/...BatBoxPlanForIN.pdf

Here are directions for building and installing a bat house.  

The Bat House Builder's Handbook
From Bat Conservation International
http://batcon.org/pdfs/BHBuildersHdbk13_Online.pdf
Building and installing a bat house can make a difference for bats and help promote a healthy environment.

Free Bat House Plans
From the Organization for Bat Conservation
http://batconservation.org/help/bat-houses/#section-Bat House

Check out this link for information on building a bat house, tips on where to place a house, research, and more.

Habitat for Bats
http://www.habitatforbats.org/
Check out this web site for information about bats, chosing a bat house, putting up bat houses and more. 

How to Build a Bat House
From the National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Build-a-Bat-House.aspx
This is a step-by-step guide for building a bat house.  Your goal is to make a bat house that mimics the space between bark and a tree trunk. That would be the bats' ideal nursery. That's why the space inside a bat house is very narrow, unlike a bird house which would house a nest. Bats like tight spaces. They also need it nice and warm for the babies.  Also refer to pages 20 to 23 of the American Bats Online Activity Guide http://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Wildlife/batguide.ashx for information on how to build a bat house.

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Alaska Bat Monitoring Project
http://aknhp.uaa.alaska.edu/akbats/index.htm
The Alaska Bat Monitoring Program is a volunteer-based effort designed to assess the current status of bats in Alaska. The goal is to learn where bats are found in the state and to assess their baseline populations. We are also interested in habitat variables associated with their presence. Because our knowledge of bats is very limited in Alaska, we are looking for observations to be reported from any area where bats are observed in our state.

Go Batty this Summer!
From New Hampshire Fish and Game
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/surveys/bats.html
Be the most creative host in your neighborhood – host a bat count this summer! New Hampshire’s two most common bat species, the little brown bat and the big brown bat, use buildings as their summer roosts. Abandoned houses, barns, church steeples – and even currently-occupied structures – can provide a summer home to female bats and their young. Monitoring these “maternity colonies” can give biologists a good idea of how bat populations in an area are doing from year to year. With the occurrence of White Nose Syndrome in New Hampshire, monitoring these colonies is more important than ever. People in states all across eastern US are counting bats this summer. Won’t you join them?

Wisconsin Bat Program
http://wiatri.net/inventory/bats/
In general, bats are difficult to study because they are nocturnal, fast fliers, roost in inconspicuous places and can move great distances in short periods of time. As such, lack of information on basic biology and ecology is one of the greatest limitations to conservation of bat species. The Wisconsin DNR Bat Program (WBP) has turned to the WI Citizen-Based Monitoring Network for assistance with monitoring bats in the state. Using trained volunteers has allowed the WBP to gather large amounts of data from across Wisconsin. You can volunteer to monitoring bats in the state! Monitors conducting acoustic and roost surveys across the state for the past seven years have helped the WBP determine species distribution and relative abundance in Wisconsin.