How much do you know about bats – one of our best insect predators? Want to learn more about the unique lives of these flying mammals? This special Friday evening-time program will provide an overview of bats in our area plus hands on experience locating and identifying bats on the AOA Demonstration Site.
Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist for Ohio State University Extension, will present an interesting program on the fascinating world of bats. This is a family friendly event. Hands-on exhibits will provide additional learning and interpretation. Adventurous kids can gather around a bat-based craft table. Following the presentation we will take a twilight stroll on the Demonstration Site using special equipment to detect and identify bats using their echolocation calls.
The Conservation Demonstration Site is AOA’s flagship visitation property located in the greater Hocking Hills region. Located adjacent to the Hocking River it includes a wide variety of habitats and features including wetland, riparian corridors, ponds, springs, prairies, bottomland forests, upland forests sandstone bluffs and ridges. It has great habitat for bats.
The presentation will begin at 7:30 with the field stroll expected to start around 8:30. Feel free to attend all or part of the program.
This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather. Bug repellant is advisable. Please bring your own drinks and/or snacks. Water will be available. AOA events are free and open to the public.
Meet at Mathias Grove, located off Highway 23 at 25779 Bailey Road in Rockbridge – see Google map link below. Parking is available on site.
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