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The Bat House Builder's Handbook, Completely Revised and Updated Paperback – March 1, 2005
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MERLIN D. TUTTLE, an internationally recognized authority who has devoted his life to studying bats and to educating the public about them, is President and Founder of Bat Conservation International in Austin, Texas.
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The empirical testing of house design, painting/staining, and placement particularly impressed me. The basic designs of bat houses and nurseries are easy to realize, and there are fancier designs if one is more ambitious and skilled.
I'm already forming, with several friends, a bat house building group to sell them to interested persons basically at cost. As average temperatures continue to rise in North America--as it seems they must, sadly--we are concerned that the plague decimating bat populations in the eastern states spread to the West. And as mosquito populations rise with warmer winters and spread epidemic encephalitis (West Nile, St Louis, others) to humans, it's high time we supported beautiful insectivores and natural pollinators, our native bat species!
As for the criticism of lack of color pictures, or "only" being 35 pages - yes, both are true, and both irrelevant. It's not some fancy coffee-table book, and in 35 pages it covers the subject completely without a lot of "fluff". Also, that's 35 8.5"x11" pages, which is equivalent to 140 "softcover" (the size of an average paperback romance novel) book pages. It's the only book you'll need on this subject.
Including a detailed design for a bat house.
Debunks many of the folk tails about bats. (Bats will get tangled in your hair - UNTRUE, they are going after the bugs attracted to your face/hair).
Detailed plans, with variations
Good history of bat conservation
Plans fairly complicated
Book very thin for the money