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Why Bats? Dispelling the myths and mystery
October 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
What better time than Halloween to talk about bats, but are they really the spooky creatures of the night they have been so often betrayed in movies and books? Come and learn about the importance of bats as the sole predator of night time insects, a major pollinator and seed disperser of several plant species, and how they save billions of dollars in the agricultural industry. Find out about these gentle, intelligent creatures’ social nature, and how they learn behaviors in a similar manner to our closest relatives; primates. We will explore the effects of habitat loss, wind turbines, and white-nose syndrome on the Washington bat population. Dispel the myths that have surrounded bats for centuries as we explore the realm of the bat.
Presented by Sarah Dubois from USDA NRCS