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Bat House, Irvine, PA
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tyro-n-www
N 41° 50.070 W 079° 15.735
17T E 644291 N 4632860
Quick Description: A very large Bat House on public land in the Irvine Flats area next door to the Buckaloons Natural Area
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2013 3:50:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMGF44
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Long Description:
This is one of the largest bat houses you are likely to encounter. The two rectangular slots on the gable sides of the structure are where the bats enter and exit. Bat housing is usually painted a dark color such as here because bats do best when their housing is very warm even in the summer months and the dark colors absorb the sun's rays and help warm the interior. The four hinged floor panels allow periodic access to the inside for removing accumulated bat droppings on the floor and maintenance. If you could view the inside you would find many thin wood panels hanging vertically from the ceiling almost to the floor with narrow inch wide slots between them. The interior wood surface is very rough to enable the bats to easily climb up into the slots to rest or hibernate. The metal covering the four support posts a few feet off the ground are predator guards provided to keep snakes, raccoons and other predators from using the bat house as the source of an easy meal. This particular house can house many 1000's of bats. Bats are very beneficial to our natural environment and eat 1000's of small flying insects in a typical night's foraging. If you are having mosqjito problems in your backyard,don't install an electric bug zapper; instead build your own bat house on a smaller scale and mount it to the side of your house, garage, barn or other out-building.Many plans for construction are available on the web for free. It is a little over a .3mi level walk on a mowed path to get to the Waymark. Park and access the path at the gate on National Forge Road and walk SSE keeping the tree line beside the Brokenstraw Creek to your immediate left as you walk. Wear some fluorescent orange in hunting season.
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