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dean:
I've been wanting to build some bat houses for a while now.  Yesterday we tore the roof off an an old farmhouse and I missed a brown bat with a reciprocating saw by less than 1/4 inch.  I didn't know I had gotten so close to him until I had removed the top board along the peak of the roof.  It stayed there all day while we were working, and at the end of the day just before sundown when I put the tarp over the rafters I made sure to cover him yet leave him a way out and in (ha... like a bat needs much room right?)  Anyway today when I came back and took the tarp off I was glad to see he had relocated and was alright.

So I'm into building all sorts of wildlife habitat or houses etc.  We put in a bird feeder and we've got LOADS of birds, from an assortment of Finches to Pilated woodpeckers.  I'm planning on building a houses for butterflies, birds and bats.  Anybody got any good plans or sites of their own on such subjects?

One that we found tonight and we'll build this winter... http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/main/pdf/butterfly.pdf

hokerer:
Start with Bat Conservation International for all things batty...

http://www.batcon.org/

rabid_dingo:

--- Quote from: hokerer on November 14, 2009, 09:07:10 AM ---Start with Bat Conservation International for all things batty...

http://www.batcon.org/

--- End quote ---

Cool, the first News article on the site? Beer for bats...

Beer for Bats

dean:

--- Quote from: hokerer on November 14, 2009, 09:07:10 AM ---Start with Bat Conservation International for all things batty...

http://www.batcon.org/

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the link!   8)

Beer for bats... what happened to the horses?   :D

pinnah:
This is good stuff dean! 
I have never had much luck with wildlife houses,
except for birds,
had a "pet" wren once in a bamboo house...

One thing to think about,
shelter is only one need, try to provide food and habitat,
especially for that butterfly house.

Cheers to winter work.

Dang! pileated woodpecker at a feeder, that must be impressive!

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