A Safe Migration Station – Bat & Bird Boxes
The meandering trails of Caldera Springs make for incredible bird watching. Nobody knows this better than longtime naturalist Jay Bowerman, who recently completed an exciting new enhancement to the resort’s forever-protected Wildlife Forest Preserve.
“We adore the abundant birds in our midst in Sunriver. But many people don’t realize there are as many as 11 different local bat species here too,” says longtime naturalist Jay Bowerman. “Two are active during the winter, and the others hibernate in nearby caves.”
Boxes like the one installed in the Wildlife Forest Preserve are uniquely designed for bats. Found by the nocturnal animal using its natural sonar abilities, each box holds up to a dozen bats, and is designed for entry from the bottom to protect from predators and promote flight in newborns. When the juvenile bats are old enough, they will drop out of the bottom of the box and open their wings to fly for the first time.
Each box is designed and installed in a location best suited for birds and bats to raise their young safely and comfortably – especially during the area’s warm summer months. There are twelve boxes in total spread throughout the southernmost forest land of our forever protected Wildlife Forest Preserve.