More often than not the incredible work of habitat creation and stewardship initiatives come from within our local communities. When this happens all we can do at HAT is smile with joy and share their story with the world. Here is the story of a small group coming together to accomplish big work written by Jill Marchand, Contact Guider.
The 1st Sooke Pathfinders got hooked onto bats this year! We had Sam Webb from Wild Wise come to a Zoom meeting to talk about the wonderful wildlife we have co-existing in our community and we spent a lot of time talking about bats. Sam mentioned that there was a need for bat houses to replace the lost habitat from the new house building in our community.
The Pathfinders chose to build bat houses as their Community Service Project for this year. We discussed our Community Service Project with our Mayor and she was very excited about the bat project and had lots of suggestions on where we could install the bat houses.
Wild Wise provided the funds to purchase the lumber and Sooke Home Hardware donated the supplies needed to build and protect the 24 bat houses.
A Guider's devoted spouse (and bat fanatic) agreed to design and prepare the 24 kits needed for the unit to build these bat houses (see image left). HAT was very helpful in providing designs and build suggestions.
The Pathfinders collected their bat house kits from the porch at a Guider's house and had an adult on hand during the virtual build over Zoom. The build took 90 minutes and each Pathfinder completed their bat house (see image above right).
Their name was added to the back of the bat house as well as our unit name and the year. The bat houses were then painted black (to retain the heat-see image below right) and ready for installation.
We plan it to have Wild Wise volunteers install the bat houses in locations around the District of Sooke. The Pathfinders will be advised of their bat house location and we hope to work on bat counts in the future.