This program brings students into the exotic world of bats, and introduces them to echolocation. What is it? Why to bats echolocate? Why can’t we hear them? Are bats blind? We’ll answer these questions and more.
Audiences will learn how vital bats are for maintaining a healthy environment (did you know that a Little Brown Bat eats up to 1000 mosquitoes in one night?). Via interactive dialogue and slides, children move beyond old stereotypes, to an understanding of the importance of bats for farmers, fruit growers, the rain forest, and us. See vivid photos of tropical fruit bats, the vampire bat, and some of our local bats. We will learn about bats in our attics, vampire bats, bat eyesight, echolocation, migration and hibernation. Eyes light up at such phenomenal creatures as Townsend’s Big Eared Bat, and the Pallid Bat. We will also listen to bat echolocation calls that are slowed down through a bat detector.
Participants will then create a bat t-shirt using stencils. Bring a t-shirt of your own or purchase one at the event for $4.
Presented by Jerry Schneider.
For ages 10+