Dozens of bats now have a new permanent home on the Maryville College campus.
Students and staff celebrated the installation of new bat condos on campus.
It will provide shelter to hundreds of brown bats that were displaced by renovations
at Anderson Hall. The bats are expected to migrate back to campus this spring.
Crews discovered a massive bat colony living in the building's bell tower when they started working on it last summer.
October 31, 2013: Crews renovating Maryville College's iconic Anderson Hall discovered a colony of 1,500 to 2,000 bats in the belfry. The animals have been evicted, but the school is creating new bat habitats and research opportunities on campus.
The school has turned the discovery into an educational opportunity.
"What we have is a living, breathing teaching tool and an opportunity for students to do student research on the bats, in terms of the population, density, movement, different species. We actually had two species on campus, so it's an opportunity to take a resource and not only conserve it, but also to study it and provide opportunities for our students," said Maryville College biology professor Dr. David Unger.