Bats frighten a lot of people. They fly around at night when
we can’t really see them, and sometimes startle us by showing up in unexpected
places. They hang around in a lot of horror movies, and their spooky
faces—fangs and all—are everywhere come Halloween.
Whether they scare you or not, bats are important to
you—yes, YOU! Some of the plants you eat, such as figs, dates, agave and wild
bananas, depend on bats to grow. Insect pests like mosquitoes, moths and crop
pests are eaten by bats in great numbers.
CCEEC’s bat program talks about how myth can be very
different from reality, touches on the great diversity of bats worldwide (there
are over 1,100 species!) then focuses on
the nine species found right here in Pennsylvania.
Providing the latest information on serious threats facing
our local bat populations, such as wind turbines and White Nose Syndrome, and
including a live bat*, the program informs and entertains, and can be tailored
to any group or grade level.
As with all CCEEC programs, a variety of touchable items
such as stuffed specimens and skeletons are included.
* Flash photography of live animals is permitted, but please
no video without prior approval. CCEEC is not permitted to allow public contact
(touching) of live bats, and bats do not fly during programs.