Mahlburg Scholars is a lecture series that brings some of the most interesting and brightest scientists to Burpee. The lecture series is a long standing tradition of continual learning in the Burpee family. Come join us and learn.
Bats: Beyond the Myths
Sunday, October 8th 2o17 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Bats represent one quarter of all mammal species on earth. They are inextricably linked to the health of our environment and our agricultural systems. Locally, bats are busily at work on mosquito control and crop pest reduction.
This program will examine our local bats and the challenges they face. We will take a quick tour of the world’s bats, and examine the attitudes people have towards bats in different cultures. We will look at the risks and benefits to welcoming bats to your landscape and ways you can accommodate and encourage bats without conflict.
The program will include a demonstration of bat detection microphone and recorder that Barbara is using to monitor bat populations her in Winnebago County.
Members FREE/Public $5.00
Please call 815.965.3433 or visit www.burpee.org for more information.
About the Speaker
Barbara Williams has monitored the bat population by eavesdropping on their vocalizations starting in the spring of 2016 with the goal of collecting information on the relative abundance of different species of bats that live in Northern Illinois. Barbara is a life-long student of natural history with ten years experience in Burpee Museum’s Biology Department.