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Wildlife Webinar Series: Bats

October 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

free

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is hosting the Gorgeous Wildlife webinar series, led by local specialists in their respective fields. The next webinar, just in time for Halloween, is about bats. Some have difficulty appreciating that an animal with wings and blood-sucking abilities can take majestic flight just as birds do. But despite their creepy reputation, did you know that without bats we’d lose over 300 species of fruit, including bananas and mangos? You can also thank bats for eating roughly 1,000 bugs every hour. Bats’ importance as crucial pollinators and bug regulators is still widely unknown. Celebrate this misunderstood and underappreciated creature while also learning about bat conservation in the Columbia Gorge.

The free bat webinar, held via Zoom, is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 , led by Carly Wickham, regional biologist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge land trust coordinator Frances Fischer to learn about bats and the terrible white fungus that is killing whole colonies. Ask questions and learn what you can do to help native bats in Oregon and Washington. Register at gorgefriends.org/news-events/events/2021-10-27/gorgeous-wildlife-webinar-series–bats.html. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To learn more about Friends of the Columbia Gorge, visit gorgefriends.org.