24 bat boxes made in the library program | Local News

On January 29, the Coos Bay Public Library hosted a bat box-making program led by South Slough Reserve education staff.

Funded by Coos Bay Public Library and South Slough Reserve, the 24 bat boxes created will hopefully house bats across the county. During the program, participants learned basic information about bats found in Coos County as well as tips on providing habitat. The bat boxes were designed and prepared for the workshop by South Slough staff.

Will Summerville helps assemble a bat box.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 15 species of bats live in Oregon. In addition to being pollinators, bats help keep insect populations away. Increasingly in the United States, bats are a “species of concern” as populations are declining in part due to habitat loss. Bat boxes can help provide needed habitat.

As part of the Coos Bay Public Library’s ongoing community programming, the event was designed to give attendees information ab

bats, as well as a hands-on opportunity to build. The library offers a wide range of programs throughout the year for all ages.

Located five miles south of Charleston at the southern end of the Coos Bay Estuary, South Slough National Estuary Reserve is one of 29 areas of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This reserve is managed by the Oregon State Lands Department and is protected for long-term research, water quality monitoring, education, and coastal stewardship. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management provides funding, national advice, and technical assistance.

The reserve’s education staff provide naturalist-led outdoor education both in South Slough and throughout the community.

For more information about the Bat Box program, contact Jennifer at [email protected] or by phone at (541) 269-1101 x 236. For more information on current services offered by the Coos Bay Public Library, contact the library by calling (541) 269-1101 or visiting online at http://coosbaylibrary.org.

Ryan H. Bowman