July 11, 2013

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Bats get a totally bad rap. Far from being interested in nesting in your hair or turning you into Dracula, they are a very important part of the eco-system, and one that is very much in need of protection.

There’s been a lot written recently, for example, about the danger to bat populations (including those here in Tennessee), of white-nose syndrome, which scientists are trying to discover the causes of so they can combat it.

Find out firsthand about these fascinating flying mammals at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center’s Bat Watch on Friday, July 12. Bat-watchers will meet at CA&NC for an informative power point presentation about bats, then car caravan to the Nickajack Cave, home to more than 60,000 endangered bats. After a short walk to the viewing platform, watchers will observe that as the sun sets, the tiny gray bats wing their way out of the cave to feed on insects. You’ll need a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes. This is a very popular program and space is limited, so bat-ter up! Pre-registration and prepayment are required. 

Bat Watch, 7:15 pm to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. Seniors and kids (ages 4-11) $4 and adults $9 for members; seniors and kids $7 and adults $12 for nonmembers. Call 821-1160, ext. 0 to register.  

—Staff

July 11, 2013

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