August 10 2007
The sixth annual Great Lakes Bat Festival Saturday (Aug. 11) will include presentations about the benefits of bats, bat houses, bat research, bat conservation, public health, and much more.
The event will feature live bat programs by the Organization for Bat Conservation and will include local insect-eating bats,and large flying fox bats from Africa. The ISU Bat Center will introduce its first publication, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bats of Indiana.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The agenda includes talks by leading bat experts, conservation exhibits, an inflatable cave to explore, kids activities, story time for kids, a new U.S. Forest Service film Ã¢â‚¬Å“Cave: Life Beneath the Forest,Ã¢â‚¬Â book authors, bat house information, and lots of bat merchandise for sale. Presentations will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in ISUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hulman Memorial Student Union. An evening family-style barbecue will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. in Dobbs Park on the eastern edge of Terre Haute. From 8 to 10 p.m., also in Dobbs Park, bat experts will demonstrate how bat research is conducted.
During the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bat Science NightÃ¢â‚¬Â experience, bat researchers will show bat netting, radio-tagging, bat detectors, light tagging, and much more.
Bat experts at the events including John O. Whitaker Jr., professor of ecology and organismal biology at Indiana State University and director of ISUÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation; Al Kurta; professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University; Rob Mies, director of the Organization for Bat Conservation at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Tim Carter, assistant professor of biology at Ball State University; Bill Scullon, wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Dale Sparks, research associate with the ISU Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation; Rod Foster, science teacher at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Livonia, Mich.: and Mike Frayer of the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Thanks to a generous grant from General Motors Corp., the cost to attend the festival, including Bat Science Night is free, but there will be a charge of $6 per person for the evening barbecue.
Justin Boyles, a Ph.D. student in ecology and organismal biology at Indiana State who was awarded a national fellowship in recognition of his research, will be among the presenters during Bat Science Night.
Contacts: Rob Mies, director, Organization for Bat Conservation, Cranbrook Institute of Science, (248) 645-3239 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Brianne Walters, research assistant, Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation at Indiana State University, (812) 237-8294 or email@example.com.
Experts from around the Great Lakes Region will converge on the campus of Indiana State University this weekend to promote bat conservation. The sixth annual Great Lakes Bat Festival Saturday (Aug. 11) will include presentations about the benefits of bats, bat houses, bat research, bat conservation, public health, and much more.