The Nature Center:
Every Saturday eve at dusk through October.
Meet in front of the Nature Center.
This is a living exhibit! Learn about the local bats and watch as the bats drop out of the bat boxes to feed.
Led by a Nature Center volunteer.
History of Bat Box and Resident Bats at the Neal Taylor Nature Center
The Bat Box (about 3 feet by 1 ½ feet) was designed, built, and erected in October 2013 by Nature Center volunteer Michael Marlow. It is suspended between two poles 16 feet off the ground. It is located behind the garage of the Nature Center in the Nature Center’s Native Garden. Michael built a second Bat “Condo” 5 years later to accommodate our expanding bat population. This 2nd bat box can be viewed at the Southeast end of the Nature Center’s Native Garden.
Guano under the Bat Box accumulated over time, and it is important to not go near the guano.
Paul Collins biologist with the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum has completed a two-year research project on bats. Paul identified these bats as Myotis Californicus, which are considered micro bats.
On 9/28/15 - 272 bats were counted flying out of the box at dusk and on 5/10/16 - 238 bats were counted flying out at dusk. The bat population since then has continued to expand.