Connecticut Teenager Spearheads Relocation of Bat Colony

Sometimes, small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. Nathan Lieske, an aspiring Eagle Scout from Watertown, CT, certainly ascribes to this philosophy, as earlier this month, he successfully launched an initiative to relocate a colony of bats to permanent homes after noticing that they were being displaced from their current residence in a local park’s bathhouses.

Gianni DiMeglio

Thanks to Nathan Lieske, Watertown bats now have a permanent place to live.

Despite his young age, Lieske, 15, clearly recognizes that charity can be given to animals, as well as humans. This is what spurned him to recruit his family and a group of 22 of his fellow Boy Scouts to assemble the bats’ new homes, which are essentially boxes similar to birdhouses. And instead of choosing the location of the bat boxes himself, Lieske has also demonstrated that he already understands the value of deferring to the experts, as he has donated the assembled boxes to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Because bats hibernate during the winter, DEEP is installing the boxes in the park near the bathhouses now, with the hope that the bats will become familiarized with the boxes this fall and hopefully take up residences inside them in the spring, when they’ve finished hibernating for the year.

Lieske estimates that the project took about 115 hours to complete, and his effort to improve the lives of the bats in his hometown have not gone unnoticed by local media or DEEP, which has expressed gratitude to Lieske for undertaking this project out of the goodness of his heart. Because they eat millions of night-flying insects per year, thereby controlling the outbreak of diseases these insects carry, bats provide what DEEP describes as “a tremendous ecological service” to humans, making Lieske’s initiative that much more important to the state of Connecticut and proving that compassion for animals extends to compassion for humans, as well.

For his hard work, Lieske has officially earned the rank of Eagle, which is the highest rank a Boy Scout can hold and normally only achieved by Scouts who are 17 years old and above. On behalf of both the human and the animal residents of Connecticut, a big thank you goes out to Nathan Lieske and his fellow Scouts for making our state a better place to live.