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Wild encounter: Library activity to feature live bats

June 25, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

As part of the annual Summer Reading Program, the Sanibel Public Library will host the "Tampa Bay Bats" - an educational and bat rescue and rehabilitation organization - on July 2 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The activity will entail a lively and educational presentation showing bats throughout the world, with the most amazing photos, followed by a discussion on echo-location and a demonstration of how it works by one of the bats. A bat detector will be used as bats echo-locate above humans' hearing range.

There will be a question-and-answer period, then the highlight - the showing of the live bats. At least three bats will be shown and an attempt will be made to get at least one to eat its diet of meal worms.

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According to its website, the goal of the organization is to teach children and adults about how beneficial the gentle animals are and to dispel the many myths surrounding them. There are 13 species of bats in Florida, with five in the Tampa Bay area. All of the Tampa Bay bats are insect eaters.

No registration is required to participate in the program.

For more information, call Deanna Evans at 239-472-2483 or visit sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.

 
 

 

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