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The Bat House Builder's Handbook
The Bat House Builder's Handbook
America's bats are an essential part of a healthy environment. Nevertheless, many bat species are in alarming decline, largely because of unwarranted human fear and persecution and the loss of natural roosts. You can help by putting up a bat house. You'll benefit directly from having fewer yard pests and will enjoy learning about bats and sharing your knowledge with friends and neighbors. Few efforts on behalf of wildlife are more fun or rewarding than helping bats. 32 pp, Paperback. By Merlin D. Tuttle, Mark Kiser, and Selena Kiser.

Updated 2013 edition. The Bat House Builder's Handbook has been the definitive source for bat house information. This new edition has been completely revised to incorporate the latest research on improving the success rates for bat houses. It updates the original bat house plans and includes a new "rocket box" design, along with mounting suggestions, tips for experimentation, frequently asked bat house questions, and information about bats most likely to use bat houses.As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature. By consuming vast numbers of pests, they rank among humanity's most valuable allies. Just one little brown myotis can catch a thousand or more mosquito-sized insects in an hour, and a colony of 150 big brown bats can catch enough cucumber beetles each summer to prevent egg laying that otherwise could infest local gardens with 33 million rootworms. Cucumber and June beetles, stinkbugs, leafhoppers, and cutworm and corn earworm moths—all well-known pests—are just a few of the many insects consumed by these frequent users of bat houses. In addition, many pests flee areas where they hear bat echolocation sounds.

Our immediate goal is to preserve America's most widespread species in sufficient numbers to maintain nature's balance and reduce demands for chemical pesticides. Thanks to a decade of BCI-sponsored bat house research we are now able to accommodate 14 species of North American bats in the bat houses described in this handbook, including threatened and endangered species such as the Indiana myotis and Wagner's bonneted bat. Bat houses are being used from Mexico and the Caribbean to British Columbia and Newfoundland.

Best of all, if you carefully follow instructions, your odds of success exceed 80 percent. Isn't it about time to extend a helping hand in exchange for a healthier neighborhood?

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Kids Discover Bats! DVD
Kids Discover Bats! DVD
Endorsed by Janell Cannon, award-winning author and illustrator of Stellaluna, this new video is for kids of all ages. It has 22 minutes of exciting live-action footage and clever animation, bringing the little-known world of these incredible animals into your home or classroom. Five young narrators explain that there are nearly 1,000 kinds of bats, and they're not the scary bad guys of Halloween legends, but instead are our gentle, helpful friends. DVD only.
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Bats: A Creativity Book for Young Conservationists
Bats: A Creativity Book for Young Conservationists
wenty-eight bat-oriented activities help teach writing, communication skills, math, art and more. By Jane F.G. Jennings. Softcover. (30 pages). Suitable for Ages 5-10.
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Building Homes for Bats DVD
Building Homes for Bats DVD
BCI founder Merlin Tuttle will introduce you to America's most successful bat house users...
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Merlin Tuttle: Guardian Angel of Bats DVD
Merlin Tuttle: Guardian Angel of Bats DVD
Part of the series "Heroes of Nature", by public television of France. A tribute to the beauty of nature and the importance of successful conservation actions. Featuring segments in Brazil, where Merlin Tuttle is followed on a trip hundreds of miles up the Amazon River, and in the U.S. In English.
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Bat Facts OUT OF STOCK
Bat Facts OUT OF STOCK
Reprint pending.   No date of availability at this time. Small brochure from BCI wiith two sides of little-known facts about bats. These wallet-sized two sided, four panel 4' by 3" foldout cards are ideal to distribute for class projects, at lectures, party favors, or to interested friends. Package includes 25.
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Discover Bats!
Discover Bats!
This popular bat-education package was revised and updated in 2009. The educator's activity book provides more than 220 pages of creative lessons that teach bat behavior, habitat, ecology and conservation, all of them tied into the included DVD. Students use essential skills such as reading comprehension, mathematics, written and verbal communication to learn key facts about bats while gaining an appreciation for conservation issues around the world. The award-winning 47-minute DVD was adapted from our renowned documentary, The Secret World of Bats, to appeal to young audiences. The teacher's guidebook includes reference information, bibliography, appendices and a glossary. Primarily for grades 4 through 8.
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Save The Mom Bats!  Edward Gorey/BCI Note Card
Save The Mom Bats! Edward Gorey/BCI Note Card
Wonderful Edward Gorey bat themed art decorates the front of this BCI card which features the mothers and pups of Bracken Cave in a narrative on the back side. Inside is blank. 5 by 7 inches. With Envelope.

Animal enthusiast extraordinaire, artist and author Edward Gorey (1925-2000) exhibited a particular fondness for bats. He was a generous donor to BCI and we are deeply grateful to the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust for continuing his legacy of support.

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