Volume 35, Issue 1, 2016

One For The Books

BCI helps organize world record for building bat houses during Bat Week

Girl Building Bat House
A young bat supporter builds a bat house during Bat Week. Credit:
Amy Kimball Photography.

The Bat Week spirit was felt right across North America last October as people came together to raise awareness about bat conservation. The highlight of the weeklong celebration (Oct. 25–31) was the successful world record attempt on Halloween for the most bat houses built in a single day.

Participants built a total of 1,341 bat houses at 68 events across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico—setting a new world record!

For the campaign’s Austin location, even flooding rains could not stop local bat lovers from contributing to the world record. With the Austin American-Statesman graciously hosting BCI, the event moved indoors but still within walking distance of the Congress Avenue Bridge, the summer home of 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) and the inspiration for our bat house-building event.

Our roost builders included families with young children, some dressed as bats, who were excited to give bats a little love by providing safe homes for those not as lucky as the bats in the bridge.

We are thankful for our Austin sponsors, Austin Footwear, Austin Batworks and the Austin American-Statesman, whose contributions made our event possible.

Bat Week was organized by the Bat Week team of BCI, Lubee Bat Conservancy, the Organization for Bat Conservation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Acoustics Inc., and the Save Lucy Campaign.

Go Batty

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