Two Eagle Scouts have installed three bat houses at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Kankakee Sands Preserve in Custer Township.
Austin Miles Danielewicz, a member of Troop 40 in Mokena, installed two bat houses this summer. In 2015, the first bat house was installed by Kenny Parise, a member of Troop 258 in Joliet.
The houses are designed to provide alternative roosting habitat for a colony of big brown bats that lived at the preserve in a barn which was demolished in February 2016.
The district provided the Eagle Scouts with rocket-style bat house plans and installation locations. The Scouts were responsible for getting the funds or donations they needed to build and install the bat houses.
The district selected rocket-style bat houses because they have a high success rate for roosting colonies of bats, are aesthetically pleasing and require no maintenance.