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Michigan cub scouts are bat heroes!
Midwest Region, October 22, 2016
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Member of Cub Scout Pack 263 building a bat box.
Member of Cub Scout Pack 263 building a bat box. - Photo Credit: Mandy Annis-USFWS
Cub scouts proudly show their completed bat box.
Cub scouts proudly show their completed bat box. - Photo Credit: Mandy Annis-USFWS
Members of Pack 263 brave a cold October morning to hang bat boxes in Williamston Community Park.
Members of Pack 263 brave a cold October morning to hang bat boxes in Williamston Community Park. - Photo Credit: Mandy Annis-USFWS
Cub scouts hanging a bat box.
Cub scouts hanging a bat box. - Photo Credit: Mandy Annis-USFWS
Williamston Cub Scout Pack 263 bat heroes!
Williamston Cub Scout Pack 263 bat heroes! - Photo Credit: Mandy Annis-USFWS

Williamston, Michigan Cub Scout Pack 263 are bat heroes, and no they don’t have special super powers! The boys completed a service project that will provide shelter for bats and insect control for their community. Mandy Annis of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service East Lansing Field Office initiated the project by educating the boys and their families on bat ecology, the importance of bats and highlighting the factors that have put bat species in danger. The boys were amazed to learn the special super hero powers that bats possess including their ability to see in the dark by sound waves, fly (the only flying mammal), and eat their body weight in insects! That’s like a cub scout eating over 200 hamburgers! They learned that everyone can be a bat hero and do their part to help limit the loss of bats. Bat heroes protect bats through limiting chemical use, not disturbing bat colonies, protecting/providing habitat and spreading the word about these amazing animals. The cub scouts completed their first mission as bat heroes by building ten bat boxes. The Pack hung the boxes at the Williamston Community Park creating needed bat habitat and providing natural insect control. A win, win, for bats, cub scouts and the whole community! Approximately 50 parents and children participated by picking up a hammer or ladder to help make this community service project a reality.


Contact Info: Mandy Annis, 517-351-8318, mandy_annis@fws.gov
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