Students get a closer look at bats |

Students get a closer look at bats

Susanne Haala
Susanne Haala / Tahoe Daily TribuneHana Muller, right, checks out bats as part of the Northern California Bats educational program Friday at the Zephyr Cove library.

Batman is out in the movie theaters, which made the timing perfect for children to study bats Friday at the Zephyr Cove library.

It is also the United Nations year of the bat.

“Every couple of years the United Nations chooses a group of animals to recognize,” said Corky Quirk, who works with Northern California Bats, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of bats throughout Northern California.

Quirk and her bats traveled to Zephyr Cove and brought different types of bats to the library to show how they are built, what they eat and what noises they make in order to communicate in the dark.

“We do a lot of education programs and we also do wildlife rescue and all of the bats that came with me are bats that were injured came in through rescue and are nonreleasable.” she said.

One of the students, Hana Muller, said she learned a lot about the tiny bats.

“I think they are really cool,” she said. “They like to fly around and they eat bugs, and they have really thin wings, it’s just so cool.”

Her mother Cindy Muller explained that they were participating in the educational programs that are offered at the library.

“We try to come every Friday during the summer to learn everything we can and we can share,” she said.

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