Southern Arizona knows the value of a healthy bat population. Bats perform a variety of useful tasks, most notably keeping the mosquito population in check, thus reducing the spread of the West Nile Virus, and pollinating native desert plants.
To help ensure that the bat population maintains its presence in Marana, the Arizona Game and Fish Department on Friday installed the first of two bat condos under the Cortaro Road Bridge. The structures can accommodate about 2,000 bats. Environmental Project Manager Janine Spencer is the Town’s lead on the project.
The concrete and Styrofoam condos are necessary because the Ina Road Bridge, where an estimated 30,000 bats, many with pups, roost during the summer, will soon be replaced. The Town hopes to attract bats to Cortaro Road during the Ina construction.
Funding for the project is coming from the Regional Transportation Authority with assistance from the Town and Arizona Game and Fish.