BATS – WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT YOU DON’T!
PUMPKIN FEST WEEKEND – Friday October 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Chenango Arts Council, 27 West Main Street, Norwich (with Rogers Environmental Conservation Center)
New York is home to at least 9 species of bats, a unique order of winged mammals, often nocturnal and generally insectivores (none of them “vampire” or blood-feeding). They are not blind. Bats have eyes and can see, just not very well. Flying insects are more abundant at night, when light is scarce, so bats use “echolocation” - the ability to create high-pitched sounds, which bounce off objects and return to the bat’s highly sensitive ears. Bats play an important role in the control of insects, especially mosquitos. A single bat can devour as many as a thousand insects in one night, and a family of bats can help control insect populations for a whole neighborhood.
To find out more about bats, why they’re important to the environment, and what to do if one gets in your house, join the Friends of Rogers at the Chenango Arts Council on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Exhibit runs through November 3rd.