Head Out in July with the Bats of The Last Green Valley
Join us in July for this popular annual program:
Acorn Adventure: Bats in The Last Green Valley
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 pm
Wyndham Land Trust Lyon Preserve, Pomfret, CT
Bats are one of the most amazing, yet misunderstood creatures living in The Last Green Valley. Bats devour night-flying insects considered pests to us, have great nighttime vision and echolocation. As the only true flying mammal on earth, bats are a critical part of the ecosystem, but 8 of the 9 bat species in The Last Green Valley are endangered.
You can learn more about these amazing creatures July 23 when Wildlife Biologist Devaughn Fraser, PhD from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and TLGV Chief Ranger Bill Reid host an Acorn Adventure suitable for all ages at the Lyon Preserve in Pomfret where an old barn is now an active bat roost. Devaughn will explain the importance of bats and why so many of them are endangered, as well as show how the state is using extremely sensitive equipment used for recording bat echolocation calls to determine bat populations. We’ll also help Devaughn count the bats as they leave the roost, and there will be bat games and crafts for the kids, such as coloring and making a bat mask. Free materials about bats in Connecticut will also be provided as well as sample bat houses and plans for making a bat house.
While geared towards children ages 5-12, Acorn Adventures is open to the whole family and is always free of charge thanks to a generous sponsorship from Centreville Bank.
RSVP not required but appreciated to ensure we have enough materials. Contact Bill to RSVP and for more information at 860-774-3300 or Bill@tlgv.org Rain Date: Sunday, July 24th.
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