Trexler Park Bat Box
Implementation Project
By
Rebecca Hernandez
Bradley Leitgeb
Project Overview and Goals
➢ Community project that seeks to
improve some aspect of the
Trexler Park
➢ Focus on bat popula...
Little Brown Bat and Big Brown Bat Species
Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus
Scientific Background
➢ Big Brown Bat,Eptesicus fuscus
➢ Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus
➢ These species of bat range t...
The Problem: White Nose Syndrome
Photo: Al Hicks; New York Department of Environment
The Problem: White Nose Syndrome
➢ Pseudogymnoascus destructans
➢ 90% mortality among affected
bats
➢ Starvation due to di...
Distribution/Spread
http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/resources/map
Benefits of Bat Boxes
➢ Supports local bat populations
➢ Decline in insects=
➢ Agriculture, economy,
ecosystems, health, e...
Implementation & Design
➢ 5 boxes
➢ Approx. 25 - 35 ft off
ground
➢ Cedar construction
➢ Animal-safe,
weatherproof coating...
Maintenance
➢ Minimal
➢ No clean up, open
bottom
➢ Occasional
repainting/sealing every
few years
➢ Optional annual checks
...
Location Description
➢ Tall trees (Locust,
Walnut, Oak)
➢ Open areas
➢ Water source (food
source)
➢ No spacing or noise
co...
Locations
Location 1
Location 1
Location 2
Location 2
Location 3
Location 3
Location 4
Location 4
Location 5
Location 5
Dissemination
➢ Passive and non-invasive
manner
➢ Collaboration with other
student groups to work on
informational outreac...
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the Friends of Allentown Parks, Scott
Burnet, Dr. Sarah Bouboulis, Peter Saenger, and Dr....
References
Bouboulis, Sarah. Email interview. 24 Feb. 2014.
Burnet, Scott. Personal interview. 1 Mar. 2014.
Frick, Winifre...
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  1. 1. Trexler Park Bat Box Implementation Project By Rebecca Hernandez Bradley Leitgeb
  2. 2. Project Overview and Goals ➢ Community project that seeks to improve some aspect of the Trexler Park ➢ Focus on bat populations ➢ To install several bat boxes ➢ Improve conservational, educational, and aesthetic aspects present ➢ To successfully design & implement this project within the time frame of a semester
  3. 3. Little Brown Bat and Big Brown Bat Species Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus
  4. 4. Scientific Background ➢ Big Brown Bat,Eptesicus fuscus ➢ Little Brown Bat, Myotis lucifugus ➢ These species of bat range throughout temperate North America ➢ Echolocation insectivores ➢ Individual bats are known to ingest much of their weight in various insects each night ➢ Both species require natural or man made cavities where they can roost or hibernate ➢ Ex: Buildings, trees, caves, and bat boxes ➢ Both species’ populations across the northeast have been affected by the spread of a disease: White Nose Syndrome
  5. 5. The Problem: White Nose Syndrome Photo: Al Hicks; New York Department of Environment
  6. 6. The Problem: White Nose Syndrome ➢ Pseudogymnoascus destructans ➢ 90% mortality among affected bats ➢ Starvation due to disturbed hibernation ➢ Spreads through direct contact ➢ Also spread on humans ➢ Much still unknown Photo: Gudrun Wibbelt, et al
  7. 7. Distribution/Spread http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/resources/map
  8. 8. Benefits of Bat Boxes ➢ Supports local bat populations ➢ Decline in insects= ➢ Agriculture, economy, ecosystems, health, enjoyment of park ➢ Fight against WNS ➢ Unaffected bat population growth & regeneration ➢ Promotes species conservation ➢ Provides educational opportunities
  9. 9. Implementation & Design ➢ 5 boxes ➢ Approx. 25 - 35 ft off ground ➢ Cedar construction ➢ Animal-safe, weatherproof coating ➢ $40 per box ➢ Free volunteer installation
  10. 10. Maintenance ➢ Minimal ➢ No clean up, open bottom ➢ Occasional repainting/sealing every few years ➢ Optional annual checks for success of the boxes and check for presences of bat populations
  11. 11. Location Description ➢ Tall trees (Locust, Walnut, Oak) ➢ Open areas ➢ Water source (food source) ➢ No spacing or noise concerns ➢ Visible in plain sight
  12. 12. Locations
  13. 13. Location 1
  14. 14. Location 1
  15. 15. Location 2
  16. 16. Location 2
  17. 17. Location 3
  18. 18. Location 3
  19. 19. Location 4
  20. 20. Location 4
  21. 21. Location 5
  22. 22. Location 5
  23. 23. Dissemination ➢ Passive and non-invasive manner ➢ Collaboration with other student groups to work on informational outreach ➢ Discrete QR codes ➢ Information via smartphones ➢ Informational awareness about the Bat Box Project and about local bat populations WNS. Org
  24. 24. Special Thanks Special thanks to the Friends of Allentown Parks, Scott Burnet, Dr. Sarah Bouboulis, Peter Saenger, and Dr. Heiman for their expertise and support in this project
  25. 25. References Bouboulis, Sarah. Email interview. 24 Feb. 2014. Burnet, Scott. Personal interview. 1 Mar. 2014. Frick, Winifred F., Jacob F. Pollock, Alan C. Hicks, Kate E. Langwing, D. Scott Reynolds, Gregory G. Turner, Calvin M. Butchkoski, and Thomas H. Kunz. "An Emerging Disease Causes Regional Population Collapse of a Common North American Bat Species." Science Magazine 6 Aug. 2010: 679-682. An Emerging Disease Causes Regional Population Collapse of a Common North American Bat Species. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Havens, Aaron. "ADW: Myotis lucifugus: INFORMATION." Animal Diversity Web. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. <http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Myotis_lucifugus/>. Mulheisen, Michael, and Kathleen Berry. "ADW: Eptesicus fuscus: INFORMATION." Animal Diversity Web. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. <http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Eptesicus_fuscus/>. "White-Nose Syndrome." White-Nose Syndrome. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. <http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/more/wildlife/white- nose_syndrome.html>. "White-Nose Syndrome Map." White-nose syndrome map. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. <http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/resources/map>. "White-Nose Syndrome Threatens the Survival of Hibernating Bats in North America." Fort Collins Science Center. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. <http://www.fort.usgs.gov/wns/>. Young, Susan. "Culprit behind bat scourge confirmed." Nature.com. Nature Publishing Group, 26 Oct. 2011. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. <http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111026/full/news.2011.613.html>.

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