Thursday, October 18, 2012
A live bat program for families is at 3 p.m. Sunday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Learn about the benefits of bats, their habitats and ways to protect them. Participants also will be to see a big brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a “bat detector,” see fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and see the gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia, the largest bat in the world with a six-foot wingspan.
The family program is followed by one for adults at 6:30 p.m. Learn about research and scientific findings while seeing live bats from across the world. Find out how to identify bats in Colorado, build a bat house and slow the spread of the white-nose fungus.
Bat expert Rob Mies will present the programs. Mies is a conservation biologist and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation.
The bat programs are free, but donations will be accepted at the door in support of Yampa Valley Land Trust and its conservation work in Northwest Colorado. More information is at www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.