Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District

Bat Conservation Program
Program sponsored by The Home Depot

Celebrate Bat Appreciation Month with ERICD!
Introducing ERICD's first Bat Box Fundraiser Program!

Let's protect our nocturnal pollinators together!

ERICD has 50 bat box kits available to the public, with a suggested $20 donation to ERICD.

Bat conservation attire is also available for an additional donation. Add a shirt to your order to pick up with your bat box and save on store shipping, or order directly from the ERICD Bonfire store here: https://www.bonfire.com/bat-conservation-shirts/

Kits (and shirt orders) will be available for pickup at an upcoming winter Tiverton Farmers Market.

UPDATE: Bat Box Kits are nearly sold out. Please email jfreedman.ericd@gmail.com to check remaining Bat Box Kit availability and to place your order. Shirts are available through the Bonfire website only at this time.

Pickup dates at Tiverton Farmers Market:

  • October 27, 2020
  • November 10, 2020
  • November 17, 2020

Bat Box Instructions:
Click here for printable PDF


Bat Box Kit FAQs

Why do we want to protect bats?

Why do we need to protect bats?

  • Population decrease due to habitat destruction and fragmentation
  • White-nose syndrome - a fungal disease
    • Present in all bat caves in Rhode Island
  • Threats To Bats

Why do they need a bat box?

  • Box boxes provide optimal roosting conditions that might otherwise be hard for bats to find.
  • An accessible, high off the ground home is vital to their survival.
  • Boxes mimic the types of crevices found under the peeling bark of a dead or dying tree and similar places where bats like to roost.
  • How To Help Urban Bats

How do I assemble my bat box?

  • Click here to view ERICD bat box kit assembly instructions or view video above.
  • Make sure to paint the outside a dark color to absorb heat!

Where do I put my bat box?

  • A sunny spot (at least six hours of sunlight per day, specifically facing south, east, or southeast)
  • At least 15 feet off the ground (to protect against predators)
  • Ideally near a water source (so the mother bat doesn't have to leave her young for too long)
  • Not too close to woods, so it's easy to find
  • Mount on a post (wood or steel) or on the side of a building
    • Do NOT mount on a tree (branches may block light or obstruct flight and predators may be in trees)
  • Check out this website for more on attracting bats to your bat house

Do I need to put bat food or guano to attract bats?

  • No, bats will find new roosting sites on their own without guano or food lures.

What types of plants can I plant to attract bats?

  • Flowers that release scent at night (sweet rocket and soapwort)
  • Plants with blooms that are pale in colors (dahlia, thyme, raspberry, or honeysuckle)
  • Plants that attract insects (all Rhode Island bats are insectivores!)
  • Gardening for Bats in Small Spaces

What types of bats can I expect here in Rhode Island?

  • Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
  • Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
  • Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
  • Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
  • Eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii)
  • Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)
  • Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)
  • Tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)

For more information on bats of Rhode Island, see "Bats of Rhode Island"

Do bats migrate?

More on bat natural history:



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