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General Membership Meeting with Kathleen Bander

May 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

General Membership Meeting with Kathleen Bander

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No It’s a Bat

An unexpected up-close encounter with a little brown bat was the beginning of Kathleen Bander’s fascination with bats.  Trying to find more information about Northwest bats and the people who were knowledgeable about them, alerted her to the fact that there was no regional entity with the goal of protecting this most misunderstood and maligned mammal.  Recognizing the need, she enlisted the help of a diverse group of volunteers, and Bats Northwest, a non-profit conservation group, was formed in 1998.

Kathleen will introduce the basics about bats:  their biology, echolocation, feeding, life cycle, and habitats. Benefits of bats to humans, as well as the threats of humans to bats, will be covered, and the real story of bats and rabies will be told. The presentation will include information about bats around the world, with a special focus on bats of the Northwest.  A properly designed bat house will be shown, with information on how to site it. There will also be stuffed bats for some close-up views.

Bats Northwest and its dedicated members reach out to the public through schools, libraries, garden and recreational groups, service organizations, festivals, and conventions.  It contributes to and helps coordinate research efforts, and participates in regional planning and conservation efforts.

      Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:

May 23rd, 7pm   Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room

      free & open to the public!


May 23, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Whatcom Museum, Rotunda Room
121 Prospect St
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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