A Happy Coexistence

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a 7th grade student and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Her family cheerfully hosted this wild colony for years.

A photo of the Hammel Woods Park bat condo from the Herald News (By J. Patsch)
A photo of the Hammel Woods Park bat condo from the Herald News (By J. Patsch)

Hi everyone! I read an article about a place in Shorewood, IL. They have a colony of big brown bats that they are taking care of. Every summer the bats come back and every summer the bats startle people when they wake up and start flying around. So the awesome people at the Hammel Woods nature preserve have decided to do something about it. They say that it’s the humans who disturb the bats’ daytime slumber with noise and smoke from picnic barbecues. To solve the problem, the preserve officials have built a cozy “condo” for the bats that live there. This condo is awesome. It is about 12 feet above the ground and looks like a giant birdhouse. It has several rows of little crevices for the bats to hang out in during the day. The condo is so big that it can hold up to 250 big brown bats! They hope that the bats will decide the new condo is a better home than their old shelter. It should keep them nice and toasty warm and comfy. If you want to read the article, you can see it here


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