What does your new Toyota have to do with creatures of the night?

California is home to 27 species of bat, which is a statistic to be proud of. Bats are not only adorable, like tiny puppies with wings, they provide a valuable service to humans and the environment. A single Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) can eat up to 500 mosquitoes in an hour, and bats are also known to feed on agricultural pests like the corn earworm.

Bats are in trouble all across the United States, however.

On the east coast, bat populations are being devastated by a fungal infection known as White Nose Syndrome, which has already killed over 5 million bats. Though WNS has yet to reach California, habitat destruction and fragmentation can leave bats without places to roost during the day.

If you build a bat box near your home in the Oxnard area, you could be visited by a Little Brown Bat, or one of many species known to take advantage of man-made habitat.

On the other side of the country, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) is doing just that. The powertrain plant was nominated by the Wildlife Habitat Council for a 2016 Bat Project Award for installing bat houses to support struggling populations.

"The bat houses are just one part of our biodiversity plan here at the West Virginia plant" said Marc Crouse, Environmental Engineering Specialist at TMMWV. "Visitors to our one-mile green loop can stroll through to see the bat boxes and appreciate other aspects of biodiversity. I like to tell people that being a mobility company means more than building cars, trucks and engines and transmissions. We also want to contribute to the mobility of the critters that share our West Virginia home."

Visit DCH Toyota of Oxnard for more information on Toyota's commitment to biodiversity, fighting climate change, and building a future where humans live in harmony with nature.

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