Bat Conservation International
Bat Conservation International is a non-profit organization that educates, protects, rescues and researches bats. Its purpose is to help protect bats and their habitats through conservation and education. Members of the organization present thousands of programs each year about the benefits and uniqueness of bats. The organization also helps public and private landowners provide suitable roosting habitats for bats.
Why Help Bats?
Bats play an important role in our ecosystem by eating millions of insects in a night. Nature’s bug zappers, a single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in one hour.
And, in North America, natural bat habitat is diminishing. This lack of habitat makes bat survival more difficult. Providing a bat house in your backyard is one way to provide roosting space for bats when natural habitat is scarce.
When selecting a bat house, it is important to select a house that meets the needs of the bats. The BCI has developed bat house specifications based on years of scientific research. BCI, in conjunction with WBU, has developed two such houses.