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Local scouts erect bat houses at LBL

Local scouts erect bat houses at LBL

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 9:31 am

GOLDEN POND, Ky. — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area recently benefited from a local Eagle Scout project.
Daniel Williamson of Union City led 12 other scouts and parents in building and installing eight bat houses at Piney Campground in the Tennessee portion of Land Between the Lakes.    
The scout group began work on the Eagle Scout project in January and it took 122 hours total to complete. The bat houses, which can hold about 50 bats each, will provide a daytime roosting place for bats during the spring and summer.
Woodlands Nature Station School program coordinator Avivia Yasgur helped coordinate the Eagle Scout Project.
“This project will be very beneficial to LBL because bats are our most significant predator of night insects like mosquitoes,” she said. “One single little brown bat is able to eat up to 1000 mosquitoes per night, a fact that campers at Piney will really be able to appreciate.”
Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with “Friends of LBL,” to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education.
“We encourage visitors to review our website at each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, maps, updates on programs and policies, safety information, and temporary trail and road closures,” a spokesman said.
Additional LBL and “Friends of LBL” information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.

Published in The Messenger 4.1.11

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