Does putting up bat houses really help save the bats? How so?
One of the greatest threats to bats is the loss of roosts. Millions have lost their homes when old-growth forests were cut, when stags were removed, or when caves were disturbed. In some states, the largest remaining colonies are in bat houses, buildings, or bridge crevices. In Florida, the majority of remaining Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) now live in bat houses. In fact, the critically endangered Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus) is now almost entirely dependent on bat houses. Learn more in the Bat Education Zone.