1341 makes a new World Record for the most bat houses built in one day!

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Bat Week participants in the building event in Austin.
Credit: Jessica Cochran

By joining forces on Halloween 2015, communities and Bat Week partners were able to host 67 bat house building events in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, achieving a new World Record - the creation of 1,341 bat houses!

But it wasn't only about the record - spreading the bat conservation message around the world was the ultimate goal.

Bat Week kicked off a press conference held at the Department of Interior in Washington DC. That evening, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) hosted a reception on Capitol Hill that featured bat-inspired foods (those that are made possible by bat pollination or the pest control offered by bats).
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Senator Leahy receives a personalized bat house to
thank him for his leadership in bat conservation.
Credit: Micaela Jemison
Over 300 congressional staffers, federal agency folks, and members of the public attended the reception and interacted with seven educational stations.

It was a great start to a fantastic week of bat talk on social media culminating in the main event on the Saturday - the successful world record attempt! You can read all about the bat house building events, education and social media fun by downloading our Bat Week 2015 report!

About Bat Week

Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by a team of representatives from Bat Conservation International, Organization for Bat Conservation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Acoustics, Lubee Bat Conservancy and the Save Lucy Campaign.