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Build Bat Boxes

Bats are an important part of our ecosystem, but our actions can hurt them. Start a bat-box-building project to help protect these creatures!

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Plan

  • What supplies will you need for the kits?
  • Can you get the supplies donated, or will you charge a fee for the kits?
  • What are the ideal habitats for installing your bat boxes?
  • How will people know how to build and hang their bat boxes?

Do

  • Start a campaign to help your community build bat boxes.
  • Distribute precut kits to families in your Group or community, encouraging them to find a great place for bats to live.
  • Not sure where to start? Here's a guide to building and placing your bat box. 

Review

  • How can you check if bats have used your boxes?
  • How did you create and distribute your kits?
  • What kind of impact do you think you have had on your community?

Keep it Simple

  • Rather than distributing kits, why not build the boxes and distribute them ready-made with directions about where people can hang them up?

Take it Further

  • Partner with a local hardware store and conservation authority (or similar) and start a city-wide campaign. Start a bat-box blitz and see how many boxes you can distribute in a period of time, and then track their success.