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Learn the benefits of bats

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Bat conservationist and rehabilitator Patricia Winters will present her program, “Bats, Winged Fliers of the Night,” at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater. This is a free program.

Are you afraid of bats, or are not sure about the many myths relating to bats? Then come to this special program that will explore the myths and realities of bats. Discover why bats don’t get headaches from hanging upside down, and why you don’t have to worry about bats getting tangled in your hair. Learn that one bat can eat 600 insects or more an hour; only about one in 1,000 bats will contract rabies, about the same as other wildlife; bats are the only significant hunter of night flying insect pests; why bat populations are declining and what you can do to help.

The program will include an audiovisual presentation and feature live 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.

Patricia Winters has been giving talks on bats for many years and educated thousands on the ecological importance of bats. Together with her traveling, rehabilitated bats that can’t 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.

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For more information on this program or other programs offered by the Forest Service contact the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center at Taylor Creek at (530) 543-2674.


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