Bat houses can aid bats that survive white-nose syndrome

People can help bats that survive white-nose syndrome this winter by building a bat house where they can raise their young during summer months.

Stacy Schumacher of Madison builds a bat house. Wisconsin residents, Girl and Boy Scouts, conservation club members and volunteers have stepped up to build hundreds of bat houses in recent years.

“Bats surviving white-nose syndrome need all the help they can get to raise their young and help rebuild populations,” said Heather Kaarakka, a Department of Natural Resources conservation biologist who works with Wisconsin’s bat populations for the Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau.

 For easy instructions and how-to videos, check out the Department of Natural Resources’ bat house web pages at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “bat house.” DNR’s Bat House Building Handbook provides full instructions for building and installing bat houses.
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