Artificial native bat habitats installed at Arkansas sites

Bat habitats being installed in northern Arkansas. (Photos courtesy: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation)

Twelve artificial bat habitats are now posted at four north Arkansas sites, thanks to the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC).

The habitats are positioned at Kings River Preserve, Slippery Hollow Natural Area, Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area and private property near Blackwell.

“A graduate student from UCA placed acoustic monitors at the project sites to determine if bats are in those areas,” said Stephen Cain, manager of environmental compliance for AECC. “So, far the monitors have detected positive results indicating bat population. The student will monitor these sites for the next two years.”

The habitats are made of 12, 20-ft. wooden poles fitted with Branden Bark and bat guano catchers.

AECC worked with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and the United States Wildlife and Fish Service on the projects.

Donations by AECC, McFarland Cascade and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission helped with the project, which was managed by Copperhead Environmental Consulting.

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