Why Bat Houses
Bats are a curiosity for people who love the outdoors. As a Wildlife Biologist, I worked with bats for about 30 years in Idaho and Oregon, where I regularly gave multimedia presentations about bats at campgrounds and schools. Bat viewing was a regular and entertaining part of these very popular presentations.
There are at least 15 species of bats in Oregon, and most of these are found right here in Central Oregon. Around the world bats eat a variety of things ranging from insects, fruit, nectar, small mammals, lizards, frogs , fish and even blood. Oregon’s bats only eat insects.
I’m building these bat houses to encourage an interest in the conservation of bats, and to perhaps help people control dense insect populations without pesticides. Proceeds from the sale of these bat houses are donated to the La Pine Community Kitchen.
About 40% of all species of bats have seriously depressed populations. Sadly, most bat species at risk won’t be helped by bat house placement. Learning about the many benefits bats provide to humans will require some reading, but there is a lot of information found on the internet provided by prominent bat conservation organizations. Bat houses will not increase the populations of bats since most species require specific maternity roost habitat. Most species have only one pup per year, so population growth is very slow. Bat houses will help distribute bats into new foraging, and roosting areas where insect populations are high.
Bats are curious creatures, and will investigate you; however, it is extremely rare for them to attack or get entangled in your hair. Please remember bats are wild animals, and will bite to protect themselves when grabbed; handling bats should be avoided. I urge people to seek out more information about bats and educate themselves on the benefits of these nocturnal flying mammals in Oregon. Bats have provided many medical and scientific discoveries and there is likely to be many more benefits from them if we learn the facts and get rid of the myths.