birdhousefrontMADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/28/13) – Every Monday the Boy Scouts of Troop 11 in Madisonville meet to work on merit badges, and discuss upcoming events and activities. However for the next few weeks the boys will be spending their time working on their bat houses for a fundraiser later this spring.
 
“This project started out for the boys to learn and build something that incorporated conservation. I got to reading on bats and bat house designs and my son and I built one for the back yard and realized this could be something all the boys could do,” expressed Joe Collins, Assistant Scout Master.
 
A single brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitos in an hour. They also eat other crop-damaging insects, such as; leafhoppers, cucumber and June beetles. Bats are more closely related to humans and other primates than to rodents. Females give birth to one pup a year, making them high risk for extinction. With one single colony of brown bats, farmers can be protected from millions of rootworms each summer. “A lot of people here have their own version of bats, like out of a horror story. When, really, they play a key role in our environment. These houses can house and increase bat populations, they are decreasing nationally,” stated Collins. There is an anticoagulant that is derived from bats saliva that is used to treat human heart patients and stroke victims.
 
A lot of houses are built with multi chambers that can house hundreds of bats, the design Collins came up with is much smaller and designed to fit 20 bats. “For the design, I wanted to use the littlest amount of wood and be able to mass produce.” So far the boys were able to make 75 and their goal as of right now is to make 100. “We will be having a booth outside of Lowes to sell these houses. We were looking to sell them at $20.00 a piece, most bat houses online run about 24 or 25 dollars, so I think this is a great deal and the money that is raised will go to boys so they can have their campouts or other scout trips.”

Dwindling at alarming rates worldwide, 40% of American bat species have been listed on the endangered or threatened lists.

Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by Amber Mena

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Kennedy Leads Lady Devils over Union County

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/28/15) — Madison Kennedy scored a game-high five goals to lead Owensboro over Union County 10-1 in a… Read More

One Health Welcomes Nurse Practitioner Regina Elder in Webster County

OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/28/15) – One Health has a new provider in western Kentucky, as Nurse Practitioner Regina Elder has… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 24, 2015 10731

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 6001

Alleged Burglar Calls 911 to Report Fire

by SurfKY News
August 22, 2015 5000

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 4937

UPDATE: Four Dead, Two Survive Boating Accident

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4417

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 15250

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 10731

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 27, 2015 4417

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 1966

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 1304

Legislators Preview Election 2015

by KET
August 27, 2015 1185

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 1126

Driver Injured after Swerving to Avoid Striking…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1046

Two Webster County Residents Injured in Hopkins…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 1037

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 799

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
August 28, 2015 710

All Occasions Formals to Host Celebration to…

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 27, 2015 701

Remember Alison Parker, Adam Ward Not the Killer

by SurfKY News