While some may think bats are bloodsuckers that fly into people’s hair and carry rabies, community members can find out the myths — and facts — about the flying mammals at Cal State Fullerton’s Oct. 15 “Bat Night” at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.
Paul Stapp, CSUF professor of biological science and field ecologist whose research focuses on small mammals, will dispel some common misconceptions about bats and their interactions with people. Stapp will present a family-friendly bat educational program at 4:30 and 6 p.m. A post-event bat interpretive program for ages 18 and older will be at 8:15 p.m., and reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
California is home to 25 bat species, 16 of which live in Orange County, including one of the most common, the Mexican free-tailed bat.
The 4-8 p.m. annual event also features free crafts and games, as well as other activities for a small charge, including face painting, wagon rides and pumpkin carving. Barbecue meals will be available for purchase.
Admission is $5 for adults and children; children 4 years of age and under are free. A Bat Night opportunity drawing to win a one-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove also is being held. Tickets are two for $10 and may be purchased by phone, in person at Tucker, or at Bat Night. Proceeds benefit Tucker’s K-6 outdoor education program.
For more information, visit Tucker online or call 714-649-2760. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, 92676.