Batboxes and birdhouses are the newest products at Life Homestead. Charlie and Ryan began building them one weekend when Ryan came to visit. Charlie is a Cub Scout Leader, and a large part of their education and training is about nature and how we humans can help maintain and protect the natural world. A few weeks ago, Charlie arranged for a local bat expert to speak to his Scouts about the importance of bats in nature. As a hands-on project, the Scouts got to build their own batboxes; they built birdhouses last year.
Most people don’t realize the vital role bats and birds play in the natural world. The natural world is a delicately balanced menagerie of inter-dependent living organisms, and is referred to as the ecosystem. Bats and birds are key players in maintaining population control in the bug world. There are over 1,200 species of bats worldwide, most of which are insectivores. The little brown bat is the most common species in this area. A single little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in one (1) hour, and up to twice its own body weight in a single night!! A small colony of bats can potentially, and literally, eat a ton of insects in a year! There are over 10,000 species of birds worldwide, with 888 species native to The United States alone. A songbird will eat more than its own body weight in food in a day, but generally will need to eat about half of its body weight in food just to survive.
Think of all the spiders, mosquitos, and flies that find their way into your home, despite your best efforts to barricade your home against them. Now imagine the massive numbers of those same creatures invading your home without the millions eaten every day and night by birds and bats that live near your home! A rather frightening thought, in my opinion!
Providing shelter for bats and birds near your home will encourage them to stay in the area. The daily hunting range for bats and birds is relatively small, so any incentive offered will aid in attracting them to a particular area. With all of the chemical insecticides and pesticides plaguing their very survival, bats and birds need all the help they can get. Our batboxes and birdhouses are made from lumber sawed from trees grown here on Life Homestead. You can purchase them by contacting us.
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