Urban Bat Houses
Construction of the houses could take as little as a few days, but the houses must be regularly monitored during the warmer months. It could be a year long project.
As roof gardens, community gardens, and plant biodiversity is increasing in the city, so is the population of urban wildlife. One species that has a crucial role in our ecosystem is bats. Bats consume unwanted pests, many which harm plants, reducing the use of pesticides. Most notably, though, bats thin out the mosquito population. Also, some species of bats aid in plant pollination by spreading seeds. Although, many bats do not have feasible shelter in an urban environment. To support bat populations in the city, I propose a few bat houses to be constructed, with the guidance of experts, in discreet areas throughout the campus. Additionally, they would require monitoring. Overall, the project would educate the university on the role of bats in an urban ecosystem while also supporting the species.
Preliminary Project Budget:
The budget includes $1000 for bat detector monitoring and houses could total from $500-$1000.