Boy Scouts assemble nearly 100 bat houses

Updated: August 08, 2020 06:50 PM

Boy Scouts from across the Northland gathered in Hermantown Saturday to construct 70 houses for bats.


The houses were placed on 16 foot poles to protect bats from predators. They will soon be put up on land near Island Lake and Boulder Lake that the scouts lease from Minnesota Power.

“It’s a perfect space for them to have their young and to grow their families and be safe from other animals and predators,” Michael Jenkins, Scout Executive said.

Besides helping the bats, Saturday's event also gave scouts a chance to learn about service and partnership, as well as, spend time together.

“We're also giving them the opportunity despite the pandemic and other things that we're dealing with to get back out and be together, just to get outside, we've had such good weather this summer, time to be together, time to enjoy just laughing and playing a bit,” Jenkins said.

The scouts say they are also working with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative on this project.

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