To the editor:
On behalf of the Lincoln Boy Scouts, I am writing to update the community about our declining bat population and how Troop 127 is trying to help.
In Massachusetts, there are nine different species of bats, the most common ones being the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). As we know, these bats are extremely efficient in controlling mosquitoes, up to 600 insects per hour. A main challenge our bats are facing is white-nose syndrome, a disease originating in their wintering caves and leading to the death of a significant portion of the bat population — more than a million in the Northeast and Canada alone. Bats that are host to this disease have a white fungus (Geomyces destructans) growing on their nose or other body parts. The moisture in the caves allow this fungus to spread uncontrollably. Until scientists find a way to eradicate this illness, our troop aims to provide new, dry places for bats to live.
For my Eagle Scout project last spring, the Lincoln Boy Scout Troop and I built seven bat houses designed to house 50–60 little brown bats. The houses were hung high on trees throughout the conservation land in our town. Not only was this project ecologically beneficial — it was a satisfying task for the Scouts to participate in.
The troop would like to continue creating bat houses in the hopes of helping the struggling bat population. If you would like to contribute to this ongoing project, please donate to “Lincoln Boy Scout Troop 127″ and mail contributions to Troop Leader Christopher Bursaw Sr. at 136 Tower Rd, Lincoln, MA. Thank you for your interest.
Nicholas Soukup, 2017 Eagle Scout
6 Woodcock Lane
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