As part of National Bat Week 2016, Brooke Maslo's lab hosted a bat house building workshop on October 31.
Joined by over 30 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, the team consisting of Kathleen Kerwin (MS '14), Nick Henshue (Ph.D. Candidate), Brian Schumm (B.S. '18) and Dr. Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn (post-doctoral research associate, both celebrated the importance of bats and contributed to their conservation. Wielding nail guns, high-powered saws, caulking guns and paint brushes, participants rolled through each workstation to assemble ~80 3-chambered bat houses. Target species include big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) and little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus), a species highly impacted by the fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. The bat houses will supply the Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Bat House Distribution Program (wildlife.rutgers.edu/bats), which provides bat houses to homeowners in the tri-state area who are excluding bats from their homes. The bat houses offer immediate refuge and hopefully permanent residence for these evicted bat colonies.