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Community Event #1 - Bat House Building Workshop

Project: Denver Berth Gardens

Posted by John Lee over 8 years ago

With the internet and how people tend to RSVP they're attending an event only to drop out last minute, I really had no idea whether I'd be alone or with 30+ new friends constructing bat houses for Bat Week's world record attempt at the most bat houses constructed in a day this October 31st, 2015.  I knew I'd sent an open invitation to the community on Facebook and I did not plan on disappointing. 

 I planned to make my own designed bat houses modeled on some basic specifications I found on www.batcon.org I believe.  The specifications are as follows:

-24" tall

-13-14" wide

-3-4" deep

-3/4-1" opening at the base

-1/4" ventilation strip/hole 6" above opening

-silicone caulks all wood joints for insulation

-horizontal grooves (every 1/4-1/2")

-latex exterior paint, colors brown or black, in cooler climates (if not possible to position south-east facing)

-optional cieling (roof) chamber, for added temperature control

-place at least 15' high, with at least 20' clearance, facing south-east if possible

The idea was to build 5-10 of my own kits and acquire some professional house kits via donation from local businesses, but had none come through and I ended up with about 7 potential kits if I had a crafty bunch in attendance.  All these kits were rendered from scrap wood material found at local construction sites' dumpsters.

Two people came, which ended up being about perfect since I was really just getting the swing of the drop saw I had borrowed for the event by the time it was supposed to start.  They were more than willing to help each other learn as they went so I could be sawing wood based on measurements they'd give me from the bat house backs I'd set out for us to make.

 2x4 planks are right between 3-4' and thick enough to screw into, so made perfect sidewalls!  And because I cannot figure out how to attach photos directly, here is a link to the Facebook event where you can find photos of the event and the finished products --  Bat House Workshop @ Berth Gardens

 My original goals were to produce 5 bat houses to contribute to the record as well as send everyone in attendance home with a bat house of their own to hang in their neighborhood, and BOTH GOALS WERE MET YAY!!!

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