Live Bat Encounter Program
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored in memory of Jeanie Fruin
Aja Marcato, Conservation Programming Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, is an enthusiastic bat expert with a decade of experience working in accredited zoos and museums. Aja speaks about the benefits of bats, the need for conservation, what can be done to help these unique mammals and invites you to step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Encounter a Big Brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a “bat detector,” meet fruit bats from Africa and Asia, and come face-to-face with the largest bat in the world (Flying Fox Bat from Malaysia). This beautiful bat has a 6-foot wingspan! Call 815-335-2915.