Ralph Arwood Photography

Beach Club Bat House

Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:22 AM

On July 5, 2017 the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida received a call that a bat house at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club had fallen down in a storm. This was the third call of the day to assist bats that had been displaced by passing thunderstorms.

When the hotel staff took us out on the seventh fairway, we found a large bat house on the ground. Someone had propped it upright keeping the hundreds of bats from being rained on.

While a few bats died in the fall, most were doing well. The house contained a maternity colony. Many of the young bats would need several more weeks before they would be ready to fledge.

The best option for a happy out come was to keep the bats together in that area and let the mothers continue to raise their young. The pole that the house had been on was rusted through. Putting the house back on it was not an option. The best available option was to place the house in a nearby ficus tree. The multiple branching trunk, provided a secure location so that the house would not fall in another storm.

Over the following month we continued to monitor the bats. As the young bats matured and fledged, they gradually moved out of the house. By August 8, 2017 all of the bats had moved on.

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