Batty about bats? Free program about bats offered Nov. 17

Staff Report

OREGON, Ill. — If Halloween re-kindled your curiosity about bats, you can learn more at an interesting, educational program offered free by the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC). Students will especially enjoy meeting speakers and one of their bats.

PPSOC will host “Incredible Bats” with Sharon and Dan Peterson at the the Kickapoo Nature Center, 1919 N. Limekiln Road, Oregon, Ill., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17.

Certified bat experts Sharon and Dan Peterson will give a multi-media presentation to help people understand and appreciate bats and how beneficial they are. They will focus on bats that are native to our region and answer questions from the audience. A live fruit bat will conclude the program. All of their bats were born in captivity and have not been exposed to rabies.

Sharon is a librarian and elementary school teacher and was trained by Bat Conservation International. Dan is a bat naturalist. They are fully insured.

They will share experiences to inform the audience about these feared and misunderstood creatures.

On a personal note, two PPSOC board members have a colony of more than 200 bats in their barn. They find it fascinating to watch them nearly explode out of a small window each night during the warm season.

The program is free and open to the public.  Children are welcome in the company of an adult. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

E-mail or call (815) 973-4926 for more details.

From the Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2013, issue

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