The Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower, also known as the Perky Bat Tower,…

The Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower, also known as the Perky Bat Tower, was built in 1929 by Richter Clyde Perky, a real estate developer from Denver who owned a fishing lodge and resort in Lower Sugarloaf Key. In an attempt to curb the mosquito population in the area, Perky built this bat tower which was designed by Dr. Charles Campbell whose design is considered by many to be the first bat roost. Pheromone-doused guano was used as bait but not a single bat came. 14 bat roosts were built using Campbell’s design, only 3 of which remain today; one in Comfort, TX, one in Orange, TX, and finally this one on Sugarloaf Key.

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