Chapel Hill Girl Scout earns Gold Award for bat project
Meghana Holegadde of Chapel Hill recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
For her Gold Award project, Holegadde constructed bat houses for Prairie Ridge Ecostation, a research center for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The houses will provide shelter for migrating bats and assist researchers in their study of the bats. Holegadde produced fliers and created a website to generate awareness about different bat populations. In addition to providing general information about different types of bats, the flyers and website address issues the bats face and their importance in our ecosystem.
Holegadde was inspired to create her project after she learned about white nose syndrome, a deadly fungal infection that has had a significant negative impact on bat populations. Referring to her project, Holegadde shared, “I hope that this will cause people to take action to support bat research.”
Holegadde is the daughter of Gowthami Manjunatha and Manju Holegadde and attends East Chapel Hill High School. Holegadde has been in Girl Scouts since 2009 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop #243 led by Linda Roberts. In addition to Girl Scouting, Holegadde participates in varsity tennis, Science Club, Environmental Club, Peer Buddies, and Science Days.