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Designing Bat Homes

Strung between a cluster of trees in a quiet nature reserve in Buffalo, New York, is a collection of large, metal pods. For now, they are quiet day and night, but the pods' architect, Joyce Hwang, hopes that in future twilights, they will be buzzing

August 2, 2012

image: Designing Bat Homes The completed Bat Cloud, in Tifft Nature Preserve, NY

Strung between a cluster of trees in a quiet nature reserve in Buffalo, New York, is a collection of large, metal pods. For now, they are quiet day and night, but the pods' architect, Joyce Hwang, hopes that in future twilights, they will be buzzing with the comings and goings of bats.

The network of pods, called the "Bat Cloud" was designed by Hwang, an assistant professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo, to be a bat habitat. She hopes to raise awareness of white nose syndrome, a disease killing North American bats by the millions.

All images courtesy of Joyce Hwang.

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August 7, 2012

Very cool.  I bought a bathouse from a bathouse 'place' and I swear it was built wrong (and yes, no bats have ever lived in it).

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