Local Youth Help Bat Population By Building Bat Houses

(Horicon) Area youth did their part to support the local bat population recently as they built 47 bat houses at the Horicon Marsh Education Center.  Wisconsin is home to eight species of bats which impact the number of pesky insects like mosquitoes.  A recent fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has ravaged the bat population causing an 80% decline in some areas.  The bat houses, built from donated barn wood and a grant from the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association will provide a safe haven for native bats between hibernation sites and summer sites.  Many of the youth that participated plan on installing bat houses at their own homes, the remaining houses were distributed throughout the county to schools, community gardens, parks, and other public sites.  Those interested in more information about this project can contact the Dodge County Master Gardener Association at [email protected] or at 920-386-3790