Not a bat man? You should be

DAYTON, Ohio — Bats are your friends, or should be, according to Ohio State University’s Marne Titchenell, who hopes to show you why.

She’ll teach “Bats: Not Just for Caves Anymore!” from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6, at the Cox Arboretum and Gardens Metropark in Dayton.

Fact vs. fiction

“We’ll discuss the facts and not the fiction about bats,” said the OSU Extension wildlife specialist. “We’ll talk about their amazing adaptations, different species that live in Ohio, how researchers study bats and what we learn from them, and the do’s and don’ts about putting up a bat house.”

How bats help people by eating pesky insects — think of a bat as a mosquito’s worst enemy — will be among the topics. So will how bats “see” with their ears, how to manage a woodlot to support more bats, and how to get a bat out of your home without hurting yourself or the bat.

The class will have two main indoor sessions — “Introduction to the World of Bats” and “Bats in Your Backyard” — and an outdoor portion as well.

Registration

OSU Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program is the sponsor. Registration costs $20, includes refreshments and a copy of The Bat House Builder’s Handbook, and is due by July 30.

Register online at http://woodlandstewards.osu.edu. Or send your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and payment to Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources, 210 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.

Make checks payable to The Ohio State University.

Call for details

Meet at the park’s MeadWestvaco Theatre, 6733 Springboro Pike. Call 614-688-3421 or e-mail ohiowoods@osu.edu for more information.

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