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Learn about bats Thursday

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneA free program about bats is scheduled Thursday at the Forest Service Lake of the Sky Amphitheater.

An opportunity to learn the truth about bats will be presented Thursday, when Patricia Winter discusses these highly beneficial animals. The free program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, three miles north of the intersection of Highway 50 and State Route 89, South Lake Tahoe.

The program will include a slide show and feature live, tame bats of several species. Myths, superstitions and misconceptions will be discussed and replaced with factual information about the ecological importance of bats. Discover why bats don’t get headaches from hanging, upside down and why people don’t have to worry about bats getting in their hair.

One bat can eat 600 insects per hour, including mosquitoes. Only about one in 1,000 bats will contact rabies, which is about the same as other wildlife. Bats are the only significant hunter of night flying insect pets. Bat populations are declining and the program will help people understand what they can do to help.

Winter, 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 Trinket, Tiffany, Punkin’head and Cream Puff, rehabilitated bats that cannot be released back into the wild, Winters will change people’s minds forever regarding these marvelous creatures of the evening skies.

The program is sponsored by the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin and the Tahoe Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the environmental education programs conducted by the Forest Service in the Tahoe Basin.

Through the support of the foundation and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District In-service Learning, Winters was able to make the same presentation to 10 classes in the Tahoe area last June.

For more information call the Visitor Center at (530) 573-2674.

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