Visit one of AOA’s newest preserves – 250-acre Mishe Moneto Darby Creek – home to numerous bats including one of Ohio’s most endangered, the Indiana Bat. Did you know that bats are one of our best insect predators, yet many species are becoming rare?
Join us to learn more about the unique lives of these flying mammals. AOA and OSU Extension are joining to offer an evening-time program that will provide an overview of bats in our area plus hands on experience locating and identifying bats on one of AOA’s bat laden properties.
Marne Titchenell, Wildlife Program Specialist for Ohio State University Extension, will present an interesting program on the fascinating world of bats. Hands-on exhibits will provide additional learning and interpretation. Following a short presentation, we will take a twilight stroll on the Preserve property, utilizing special sensors and equipment to detect and identify bats based on their echolocation calls. This is a family friendly event.
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. Please note that the sanitary facilities on this property are the same as those used by the bats so prepare accordingly. AOA events are free and open to the public.
Time: The presentation will begin at 8:30 with the field stroll expected to start by 9:00. Feel free to attend all or part of the program.
Location: Mishe Moneto is located along Highway 316 on the east side of Big Darby Creek, just across from Darbyville. The Google Map address for the driveway entry is 8701 Fivepoints Bloomfield Road (Highway 316), Darbyville. Please turn into the westernmost drive at the AOA sign and turn right, away from the house and barn to drive towards the river parallel to Highway 316. Signs will direct you to the parking location. Follow the road around the corn field to the far side. Please be careful to stay on the dirt road and not veer into the crop field. It is a pretty good ways from the property entry to the event spot so be patient.