Florida’s bats are facing many challenges, including loss of natural roosting sites in trees and caves. Many bats take up residence in buildings, or other manmade structures, due to loss of habitat. The North Port Parks & Recreation Department is working to protect bats by providing bat boxes as alternative roost sites for a safe place to live and breed.
The Environmental Conservancy of North Port and Volunteers of Coastal & Heartland Natural Estuary Partnership has graciously donated a number of bat boxes to the North Port Parks and Recreation Department. At this time, two bat boxes have been built and installed near the Butler Park pavilion.
In addition, on Dec. 13 the Parks & Recreation staff, along with Girl Scout volunteer Krysta Fowler, installed six bat houses at three of our parks. Two houses each at Dallas White Park, Garden of Five Senses, and Blue Ridge Park. She is installing these houses and providing outreach about bats with the pursuit of achieving a Gold Award, which is a prestige award in the Girl Scouts.
Please respect wildlife and observe from a distance. If you happen to encounter a bat, whether sick, injured or dead, avoid direct contact and do not handle.
See something that needs attention in our park, visit NorthPortFl.gov/NorthReport
Wild Sarasota Spotlight: comBATting bat myths - UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County (ufl.edu)
Bats of Florida - Florida Bat Conservancy (floridabats.org)
Living With Bats | FWC (myfwc.com)
iNaturalist.org - Become a Citizen Scientist! Download the iNaturalist app and record your bat encounters and observations.