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Save the Bats

Schedule and Location

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Spend an evening learning about Illinois’ native bats, and then go outside and use specialized microphones to hear the bats swooping around the Arboretum skies. Despite making up about one quarter of the known mammal species in the world, bats are some of the least seen and understood creatures around. And with challenges like habitat loss and white nose syndrome, they need to be seen now more than ever. (Luckily, there is newer and cheaper technology for hearing bats, so scientists can more easily track their populations and nighttime movements.)

This evening class will introduce learners to Chicagoland's seven bat species, simple ways to bolster bat conservation efforts, and then explore the grounds of The Arboretum grounds trying to hear their echo-locations with special microphones, as the bats fly overhead.

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Liza Lehrer, Assistant Director of the Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute


Liza Lehrer, assistant director of the Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute and Matthew Mulligan, wildlife research coordinator at the Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Institute.

Course Details

Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to walk on wood chip paths. Limit 20

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