The program for October is being presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation. Founded in Michigan in 1992, the Organization for Bat Conservation has presented hundreds of bat education programs across Michigan and surrounding states. Since 2002 they have partnered with the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, MI to operate the Bat Zone, a permanent exhibit showcasing bats and other nocturnal animals from around the world.
This description of the "Bats of Michigan" program is from the Organization for Bat Conservation's website.
Learn About Local Bats in Your Own Backyard!
Discover the fascinating world of Michigan bats! Often misunderstood or overlooked, these bats play a key role in Michigan’s environment and economy. During this live animal program, you will learn why bats are important to the state, where Michigan bat species are located, and how to identify them.
The Bats of Michigan live animal program also explores the greatest threats facing Michigan bat populations including White-nose Syndrome–a deadly fungus that has already killed 6 million bats throughout the U.S. Learn more about the threats and what we all need to do in order to protect these important creatures.
Live bats include insect-eating bats from North America and a flying fox bat from Africa.
Please join us for this exciting opportunity to view live bats up close. The meeting is free to attend, but donations are accepted. The Chippewa Valley Audubon Club is able to provide public programs such as this through membership fees and donations. An annual membership in the CVAC is only $5.00 for an individual or $10.00 for a household. Student memberships are available for $2.50.