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SUMMARY:Underground Wonders: The Importance of Caves and Karst in Bat Conservation
DESCRIPTION:The year 2021 has been declared the International Year of Caves and Karst\, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of caves and the karst topography that creates so many of the world’s fascinating cave systems. Although often located within the earth\, hidden from sight\, these distinctive land features benefit not only the world’s bat population\, but also other wildlife and humans. \nIn this webinar\, bat experts and advocates will take the audience deep into some of these other-worldly landscapes and discuss why caves and karst formations must be protected. \nThe panel will highlight the most pressing threats that bats face and explain how anyone can help make a bat-friendly community\, above and below the ground\, during this year’s Bat \nWeek (October 24-31) and beyond. \nWhat you’ll learn: \n\nWhy wildlife\, including bats\, depend on subterranean habitats for survival\, and how cave ecosystems benefit humans (such as providing water)\nHow to protect bat caves and how to enhance bat habitat above the ground\, whether in a backyard\, corporate landscape or community park\n\nWho should take this webinar: \n\nCorporate teams who wish to protect on-site cave or karst features\, or other forms of bat habitat\nAnyone interested in learning about bats or planning a Bat Week event\nAgencies\, NGOs and other partners interested in managing lands for bats or implementing bat education\n\nPresenters: \n\nLimaris (Lima) Soto\, Caves and Karst Program Lead/USFS GeoCorps America Program Coordinator\, US Forest Service\, Minerals and Geology Management\, Washington Office\nMylea Bayless\, Chief of Strategic Partnerships\, Bat Conservation International; member of Bat Week committee\nBat Week panel — representatives will be available to answer questions on bat biology\, certification of bat projects\, bat-related resources and education opportunities for Bat Week\n\nTo register. visit CLICK HERE.
SUMMARY:WILD Learning Lab: Bat Blitz Online
DESCRIPTION:Select Project WILD activities have been reimagined and redeveloped for online implementation. These activities are available on the WILD Learning Lab Google site. Activities here provide certified Project WILD facilitators and educators (educators who have completed Project WILD professional development training) with options for Responsible Recreation and safe learning during the COVID pandemic. While prior experince through Project WILD professional development workshops is suggested\, it is not required for accessing and using the WILD Learning Lab resources. All are welcome! \nIn “Bat Blitz Online\,” one of the actvities in the WILD Learning Lab\, participants answer questions about bats as part of a simulation of a fluxuating population of a bat colony. Participants then describe changes in the population after exposure to white-nose syndrome and potential affects of those changes to an ecosystem. \nInterested in learning how to use “Bat Blitz Online?” Register HERE for a free one-hour eductor training on October 28\, 2021\, from 3-4 PM Central Time .