Several Mid Michigan College Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students recently completed a project on the College’s Harrison Campus design to positively impact Michigan’s dwindling bat population.
Michigan’s bat population is being negatively impacted by species specific disease, destruction of habitat, and the increased presence of wind turbines. The declining population of bats impacts people and industry, a bat can eat 6-8,000 mosquitoes each day and save farmers 23 billion a year in pesticide costs by eating insects.
“Each year PTK students select a project to complete as a team, and this year they chose to build bat houses and have them installed throughout the forest on the Harrison Campus,” explained Tammy Alvaro, PTK Advisor at Mid Michigan College. “Students researched bats, bat population trends, and different bat house structures through online resources, local media sources, and by collaborating with Bruce Barlow, Clare County Wildlife Biologist.”
The bat houses were installed in two area on the Harrison Campus. The first group are placed along Mannsiding Road above a swamp-like area. The second group of houses are installed just to the east of the Poet Family Outdoor Education Center and can be viewed comfortably from the outdoor classroom. There is also an information sign at this location for the community to enjoy.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. PTK is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.
Mid launched a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter in 1989. Over the past 28 years, Mid’s chapter has earned and maintained the highest level of achievement - a 5 Star Chapter. For more information about Mid’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, visit midmich.edu/ptk or contact Tammy Alvaro, Director of Student Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 386-6634.
Austin Raymond (Gladwin), Shelby Raymond (Gladwin), and Kylin Sprague (Mt. Pleasant) pose in front of the bat house viewing area they helped create on Mid's Harrison Campus.