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February 23, 2012

I figured that we would have some freak storms roll through within 48 hours of the bat house going up; it turned out I was wrong.

The freak storm showed up 72 hours after it went up….

We’ve experienced more storm and wind damage in this area in the last 11 months than the collective 11 years prior. Last spring was horrible but it didn’t stop there- a tornado touched down a couple miles northwest of my house the week before Christmas, then last night a small but violent storm cell got legs about the time it crossed over town and we had another tornado touch down a couple miles to the east.

Enough suspense:
I know you all will be relieved to know that the nifty new bat house remained in one piece up on its stilts. It swayed a bit but seems no worse for the wear.

Tonight the boom structure thing was dismantled without injury or much cursing and the house now stands alone (please disregard the black garbage cans in the picture, they are full of compost and were too heavy to move without a lot of huffing and puffing) :

Several people have asked how the bats get in and out and the answer is really pretty simple.

The house has no floor:

The picture is from directly below it. You can count the 9 slim rooms or chambers in the box and see the screening on the lower extensions in the middle (aka the landing pads); the metal roof distorts things a bit since I made it with so much overhang but you get the idea.

Oh, and I have some onions to plant this weekend.

That’s all….

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Britton (UKtheBUNNY) permalink
    February 23, 2012 9:56 pm

    What better way to answer my question about strong winds than real environmental testing. Glad to know it stood up to the storm.

    • February 23, 2012 10:16 pm

      Yes, but the storm season hasn’t really even started yet. Hopefully it holds, we will know soon enough

  2. February 23, 2012 11:24 pm

    It will be fun to watch and see when the bats decide to reside in their new place. Great idea!

    I was wondering, do you have a schedule laid out for when you will be planting various things in your garden. We live in the South, too, and I’m just getting started, and would enjoy seeing your schedule.

    Thanks for the informative and inspiring site – and much luck with the bats!

    • February 24, 2012 7:24 am

      Thanks NCN…

      If I recall you are south of me?

      I use a couple of references. The New Square Foot Gardening” book by Mel Bartholomew has some great reference tables and charts in the back appendix.

      Online, this site is pretty good:

      It has specifics for several plant varieties but the cool thing is the “Grow Guide” linked in the top paragraph. You enter your last (and first) frost dates then it tells you what you should be doing week by week.

  3. February 24, 2012 8:17 am

    Oh yeah… you built it right!

  4. February 24, 2012 8:49 am

    Glad to see it made it through the trial run. To the person asking about when to plant seeds here is a neat online free resource from the Old Farmers Almanac. Type in your zip code and you will get a customized planting plan.

    Much Success Everyone!

  5. February 24, 2012 7:01 pm

    Hey, thanks! Those resources were just what I needed.

  6. Clay permalink
    February 27, 2012 10:31 pm

    Dude, that’s a crazy engineering feat. I hope that small brown mammals come and provide much poop for your back yard garden! We still have a couple of winter bats living in the eaves of our attic if you want to relocate them to start your colony.

  7. Clay permalink
    February 28, 2012 10:14 am

    My company would like to lease billboard space on the alley side of your bat box. We will pay you 12% of all revenue we generate

    • February 28, 2012 6:43 pm

      LED or the traditional wallpaper kind?

      • Clay permalink
        February 28, 2012 8:41 pm

        we could make more $$$$ with LED, but the ambient light might disturb your bats. Or maybe it would attact mosquitoes, which would attract more bats, which would enhance the guano levels in your yard.

    • February 28, 2012 8:48 pm

      Regardless it would never match the guano levels of these comments

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