Creating habitat for bats in the HSAS garden

Although humans are the predominant species in New York City, many wild animals also call the city home. Among those are hawks, falcons, squirrels, raccoons, and five species of bats. A study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fordham University in 2016 found the city is home to the Big Brown Bat, Eastern Red Bat, Hoary Bat, Silver-haired Bat, and Tri-colored Bat. Despite bat populations in the U.S. and Canada being decimated by white nose syndrome, bats are present in NYC. The Environmental Club has installed a bat box in the garden in hopes of attracting bats to our school. Bats can eat up to 1200 mosquitoes per hour, and thus will likely help with our insect problem in the summer.

This bat box can be spotted in the Pine tree near our entrance.  In the summer, bats will be able to sleep during the day in the thin slot of the box.  The opening is too small for squirrels, birds, and other trouble makers to enter.  Hopefully, we will begin to see some winged creatures departing these boxes at dusk to begin feeding on our abundant gnat and mosquito population.

(submitted by Nika Povelikin, ’21)