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I live about 20 minutes from the bat house at Patch of Heaven in south florida. I know you're not supposed to mount these in trees because they're too shaded but I have 45 foot tall royal palms. Would mounting one of these about 15 to 20 ft up the side of the royal palm work? It doesn't seem like there'd be too much shade there.
Yes that would be fine. In my experiance in north and mid FL just about all bat house locations have been successful almost regardless where they have been placed. Be aware you should use stainless steel bolts installing the pole mount bracket to a live tree (bolts included in the pole mount kit are galvanized, not stainless), otherwise you are more likely to kill the tree. That said, drilling anything into a tree may ultimately kill it. Consult a local tree expert/landscaper for best advice.