By Tim Kowols
Residents of an old building on Plum Island are causing issues for a group’s continued restoration efforts, but could also provide some insight for local experts. The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands have been working to restore a number of the buildings on the islands since 2007, but have discovered a large colony of bats living in one of the structures they would like to begin working on in the future. With the Door County bat population being decimated in recent years thanks to white-nose syndrome, Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands President Mary Beth Volmer says experts are coming to the islands to learn more about the type and health of the bats.
The Friends of the Plum and Pilot Islands are celebrating their 10th year this spring and summer with a number of different activities showcasing the area’s unique history and ties to the United States Coast Guard.