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Bats in the spotlight on Wednesday

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Live, tame bats will be featured at a program on Wednesday.

Do you think bats are scary? Learn the truth about bats from Patricia Winter at a special program Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The free program will be presented at the new Forest Service Lake of the Sky Amphitheater on State Route, three miles north of the intersections of highways 89 and 50.

The program will include an audio visual presentation and feature live, tame bats of several species for viewing and discussion. Myths, superstitions and misconceptions about these highly beneficial mammals will be discussed. Myth will be replaced with factual information about the ecological importance of bats. This special program is made provided courtesy of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation.

Discover why bats don’t get headaches from hanging upside down, and why you don’t have to worry about bats getting in your hair. Learn that one bat can eat 600 insects or more, including mosquitoes, per hour. Only about one in 1,000 bats will contact rabies, about the same as other wildlife. Bats are the only significant hunter of night flying insect pests. Learn why bat populations are declining and what you can do to help.

Patricia Winters, bat conservationist and rehabilitator, has been giving talks on bats for many years and has educated thousands on the ecological importance of bats. Together with her traveling bats (rehabilitated bats that cannot be released back into the wild). Winters will change your mind forever regarding these marvelous creatures of the evening skies.

This program is sponsored by the Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the environmental education programs conducted by the Forest Service in the Tahoe Basin.

For more information on this program or other programs offered at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, including the Mark Twain presentation on Aug. 11, call the Forest Service Visitor Center at (530) 573-2674.


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