Bat Box Installation: An Effective Mitigation Strategy

Did you know that installing a bat house can provide a safe environment for hundreds of endangered bats? These tiny homes give female bats a place to raise their young. Bat populations are slow to grow because most bats usually only have one pup each year. Bat boxes can enhance the roosting habitat by providing additional roosting sites for bat maternity colonies. With bat box installation, pups have a better chance to survive and thrive. And more healthy bats could lead to the recovery and eventual delisting of threatened and endangered bats.

GAI installs bat boxes to help our clients meet their conservation needs. Our team focuses on box style and design, site selection, installation logistics, and an effective monitoring program. We consider species-specific mitigation because Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats do not use the same type of natural roost sites, and therefore do not use the same types of bat boxes. To provide our clients with effective mitigation packages that comply with regulatory requirements, we evaluate site-specific factors to place bat boxes in appropriate locations. Oftentimes, boxes can be installed within an existing project area to avoid the need for additional conservation lands. And when resource agencies require monitoring, our team members employ smart and cost-effective monitoring techniques.

For questions or additional information on GAI’s bat box installation services, contact Jason Duffey at 859.647.6647.

 


 

Jason DuffeyJason Duffey is an Endangered Species Biologist and Senior Project Environmental Specialist. He has worked on energy and transportation development projects throughout the eastern U.S., primarily in the areas of bat ecology. He has participated in dozens of field studies for bats and possesses experience with capture (mist nets and bat traps), identification (including Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats), radio and light tagging and tracking, day and night bridge and other roost structure surveys, and winter in-cave hibernacula surveys (including Virginia big-eared bats).

For related information, check out the following articles:

Northern Long-Eared Bat – Section 4(d) Rule Finalized 2.16.16 | February 11, 2016
A Peek into the Nightlife of a Bat Biologist | August 6, 2015
Northern Long-Eared Bat Gets Federal Protection | May 4, 2015
The Indiana Bat | August 29, 2012

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