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Campus Hosts ‘Bat Night’ at Wildlife Sanctuary

Oct. 10, 2012

a bat in flight

A bat in flight. More than 1,100 species of bats exist., including 25 that make their home in California.

What:

Did you know that the Mexican free-tailed bat is one of the most common bats in Orange County? In fact, the county is home to 16 species of bats. To learn more about bats, including the biology, myths and misconceptions about these small flying mammals, the public is invited to Cal State Fullerton's "Bat Night" Oct. 20 at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. The fourth annual event features a bat interpretive program for families, a post-event "adults-only" bat presentation and walk, plus free crafts and games for children.

Who:

Paul Stapp, CSUF professor of biological science, will give presentations demystifying bats, focusing on bat biology to dispel some common misconceptions. Stapp's presentation will be illustrated using bat specimens from the university's Vertebrate Teaching Collection, as well as results from recent research on bats in the region. More than 1,100 species of bats exist, including 25 that make their home in California.

When:

Saturday, Oct. 20

4 p.m. event begins
4:30 and 6 p.m. – family presentations about bats
8:15 p.m. – adults-only bat presentation and walk

Where:

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, 92676

Why:

"The topic of bats comes up a lot around the Halloween season, so it's a good time to learn about these specialized and ecologically important mammals that are rarely seen and are underappreciated," said Stapp. "Plus, bats are just really cool."

Cost:

$2 for children, $5 for adults, free admission for children under 5.

More:

Food, including a barbecue dinner and hot dogs, and activities, such as face painting, pumpkin carving and wagon rides, will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event help to support the sanctuary.

Parking:

Free parking available on the corner of Santiago Canyon and Modjeska Canyon roads; a shuttle bus will take visitors to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Parking is limited and visitors are encouraged to arrive early.

About Tucker:

Owned by Cal State Fullerton and operated by the CSUF College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the sanctuary is a 12-acre, nonprofit nature preserve adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. The public facility serves as an education and research center and provides tours and classroom outings for kindergarten through college-age students. It is open to the public 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit the website.

Media Contacts:

Karon Cornell, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 657-278-3896, 714-269-0625 

Paul Stapp, Biological Science, 657-278-2849

Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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