February 19 2019
There are too many bats bunking in the barn at Possum Creek MetroPark.
So we asked Buchanan’s Wildlife Solutions to mount several bat boxes on the outside of the barn, hoping the bats will roost there instead of on the barn’s rafters. “The guano the bats are dropping in the barn is posing health concerns,” says Five Rivers MetroParks biologist Grace Dietsch. “It’s also ruining some of the hay used to feed the livestock at Possum Creek.”
Parks and conservation staff will monitor how well the bats take to the boxes, some of which are painted different shades to absorb varying amounts of sunlight. The one the bats seem to prefer may become the model for future bat boxes.