Bat Trail – Interactive Website

The Bat Conservation Trust in the U.K. has a fantastic resource about urban bat habitat on their website. It’s called the Bat Trail and it’s an interactive website that features the many urban habitats and elements that can be beneficial to bats. It’s aimed at bats of the U.K., but the information is still relevant for many bats. It would be wonderful though to see this replicated specifically for North American bats.

There is a lot of information packed into this small landscape including tips, how to watch bats and videos. Among the habitats featured are:

  • Modern Building: Describes the elements of construction that can be beneficial for bats including hanging tiles, window sills and cavity walls. It also describes the general spaces that bats like, such as the south or west sides of buildings where it’s warmer.
  • Street Lights: Discusses how they can be both good and…

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Presidio Habitats

Running now through May 15th of 2011 is Presidio Habitats in San Francisco. It is a joint venture between FOR-SITE Foundation and Presidio Trust and started running May 16th of this year. The Presidio has a long and interesting military history starting in 1776 with occupation under Spain followed by Mexico and finally the United States up until 1994. It is now a 1,491 acre national park with the Presidio now a National Historic Landmark District comprised of 469 historic buildings. The historic landscape is also part of the National Historic Landmark District and includes a historic forest which was army planted, transforming the dunes into a 300 acre forest.  Today Presidio is valuable wildlife habitat in the city and is home to many species of insects, reptiles and amphibians and bats and small mammals and as many as 200 bird species, as you can…

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Sculptural Bat Structures

Bat House Project

UPDATE: The Bat House Project website has been taken offline

There has been a recent surge of sculptural, artistic bat houses redefining our vision of what a bat house looks like. This has to be one of my favorite subjects to write about because it’s so exciting. For one, it’s an excellent example of  how different professions can bring such different things to the table. Architects, landscape architects, engineers, scientists, planners and artists all come from different backgrounds with very different training and as a result, come up with very different solutions and ideas. The second reason I find this subject so exciting is the blend of form and function which creates something completely different and really redefines habitat aesthetics.

The first example of a sculptural bat house comes from the Bat House Project, which was a competition based in London in 2007. There was great participation in the…

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