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Bat House Project

Posted by:   Jenna on May 9, 2013
Town:         Ellington
Troop:        10750

What issue did your Take Action project address?
Environmental Protection

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
Our project was to help people understand what White Nose Syndrome is and what it is doing to the bats. To help the bats, we built three bat houses and hung them on trees at the Batz Property in Ellington. Our project was done with two other girl scouts, the first selectman, the Public Works director, and Rick Neal from Neal Signs. We also worked with the librarian at Hall Memorial Library to present a program about bats.

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
Since we put up the bat houses, we have had a good result. Bats will help decrease the mosquito population and are good for farmers.We have been watching the bat houses to see if there have been any bats living in them. We also presented a powerpoint program to about forty people at Hall Memorial Library in Ellington. We made up an informational game about bats and played it with the children. We donated the game to the library.

What did you learn from the experience?
I learned about how bats are becoming endangered due to the White Nose Syndrome. I learned how to build a bat house and place it in the proper position on trees to encourage bats to live in them. I learned about the different committees in town which have to approve putting up bat houses on public property. I also learned how to work as a team to complete the project. I learned as a Girl Scout, we can make a difference in our environment.

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