Forget birdhouses -- starting Wednesday, workshops at the Phoenix Bat Cave can show you how to build a bat house in your own front lawn.

But if the idea of hosting bats is a little much, the Bat Cave near 40th Street and Camelback Road also has "Bat Viewing Workshops" where bats can be viewed in their own environment.  

As we blogged last month in Jackalope Ranch's "Hidden Valley," there are two entrances to the so-called "bat cave," which is actually a Maricopa County Flood Control ditch. At sunset, clouds of bats can be seen flying off into the night.

Phoenix Bat Cave Hosts Summer Workshops

The free workshops, sponsored by the Arizona Department of Game and Fish's Bat Conservation and Management Program, give viewers an opportunity to learn more about the bats in the cave from experts.

And as Bat Conservation and Management program coordinator Angie McIntire points out, bat cave viewing can make for a fun night out, too.

"There's some cool restaurants in the area, like Havana Cafe and Chelsea's Kitchen," McIntire says. "It makes for a great, not-your-typical date or night out. And each year, the event has gotten bigger. In July or August of last year, there were 300 to 400 people."

The first workshop of the summer takes place at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at the bat cave entrance near 40th Street and Camelback. Subsequent workshops are scheduled for June 15, July 9, August 6, and September 3. For more information, visit the Bat Conservation and Management website.

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