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Volunteers Build Homes for Bats

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by Robert Barossi

Bats are an often maligned and misunderstood species. They are also an extremely important part of natural ecosystems. Thanks to the Environmental Conservation Outreach Team at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, bats are getting a little help. In fact, according to this story, they are going to be getting a little luxury, as in luxury living spaces. Volunteers are working on “luxurious bat condominiums,” which will provide the bats with a perfectly-suited space for them to live, breed or hibernate, especially when natural sites for doing so are not available. The project takes the age-old bird-box idea to a whole new level, one which will hopefully protect the bats from future population declines.

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Many Volunteers Working Together

Up a Tree(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

As I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, collaboration and cooperation are essential elements to volunteering. People who volunteer don’t just work with the organization they volunteer with, they also often work with other volunteers from other organizations. This article from Clackamas, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, caught my eye because of just how many different organizations are involved. There are at least eight different organizations mentioned in the story, which covers a number of events happening around Portland to restore the area’s watershed during Earth Month (April). At each of the events, different organizations (two or more working together at each event) brought together large groups of volunteers who made a huge impact.

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