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Bat House Being Installed at Possum Creek Park April 25

4/19/2017

The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is happy to invite friends and neighbors to a bat house installation Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Possum Creek Park, which is located at 4009 NW 53rd Ave.

Bats eat insects, and provide a safe way to control mosquito populations. According to Lubee Bat Conservancy, bats play an important role in the ecosystem, “Insect eating bats are the primary predator of night flying insects, many of which are agricultural pests. One big brown bat can eat hundreds of mosquito sized insects per hour. Numerous agricultural products depend on bats for seed dispersal or pollination: banana, mango, avocado, coconut, figs, agave. Fruit and nectar bats spread seeds, pollinate flowers, and help regenerate forests.”

The bat house is the service project for Eagle Scout candidate Connor Honeycutt (from Boy Scout Troop 84). His service project is an accomplishment he will always remember. Honeycutt detailed the project, “Possum Creek Park in Gainesville is home to a colony of bats. This bat house would be capable of holding hundreds of bats. This would provide a safe place for the bats to roost away from park patrons and predators. It would also make the park more enjoyable for patrons who use the picnic and skateboard facilities. Park patrons would also be able to view the bats as they exit the house at dusk. Safe habitats are needed for bats especially in urban areas. Members of my scout troop, my family will help me to construct the bat house and install them.”

“We are very excited to be working with Connor and Boy Scout troop 84,” said John Weber, park operations manager. “It’s a great project, and a good example of successful community commitment. We thank Connor and the Boy Scouts for this addition to Possum Creek Park where it will be for many to enjoy.” Weber’s staff will manage the actual installation of the bat house, with Connor’s supervision.

To learn more about the importance of bats in our community and what you can do to protect them, visit http://www.lubee.org/bats/educationresources.