It’s no trick: The bats at DNR’s Woodard Bay are a treat

As guardians to the home of the largest bat-breeding colony found in the State, DNR wants you to know that their presence is a real treat.

Bats are important for keeping insect populations in balance. The yuma myotis and little brown myotis bats at Woodard Bay eat mostly smaller insects such as mosquitoes, midges, and flies. They can consume up to 600 of them in just one hour.

Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area is open year-round, but summer is the time for bat fans to visit the newly restored site to watch the bats emerge at dusk from the old logging pier that they call home. Wait until after April when bats will return by the thousands to roost.

One of the informative signs that you can visit at Woodard Bay.
One of the informative signs you can visit at Woodard Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area, near Olympia.

Residents from Henderson Inlet to Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey benefit from their bug-devouring ways. Locations as far away as Capitol Lake, Black Lake, Long Lake and Pattison Lake are confirmed feeding sites for this colony.

Chances are, however, that wherever you live in Washington you’ve got local bats treating you to summers with fewer bugs.

Learn more about DNR’s Natural Area Preserves and Natural Resources Conservation Areas that serve to conserve and restore lands for species like Washington’s bats.

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