Michigan Based Critter Catchers donates $1500 to the Organization for Bat Conservation to establish a new grant to fund education programs at local nature centers.
June 12, 2009
Bats will be winging their way onto the radar screens of nature center visitors throughout southeastern Michigan over the next few months, thanks to a $1500 grant from Critter Catchers, Inc. The grant enables six area nature centers to host the Organization for Bat Conservation, who will bring a handful of live bats for a close encounter with the public.
Visitors to the six participating nature centers will learn all about bats and the benefits that these unique flying mammals bring to our own backyard habitat. A bat detector demonstration will educate the public on echolocation – the radar used to locate insects.
“Bats live right beside us in our daily lives, but due to their nocturnal habits, many people aren’t even aware of their presence until they are discovered flying inside their home” said David Kugler, president, Critter Catchers, Inc.“ The goal of the grant was help people understand the benefits of bats, while giving back to the community that resides within our bat removal service territory.”
Grant recipients hosting the OBC educational programs include:
Howell Conference and Nature Center: 1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell (June 18 at 7pm)
Seven Ponds Nature Center: 3854 Crawford Road, Dryden (June 27 at 2pm)
Sterling Heights Nature Center: 42700 Utica Road, Sterling Heights (Sept. 20 at 2pm)
E.L. Johnson Nature Center: 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills (Sept. 26 at 2pm)
West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation: 4640 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield (Oct. 3 at 10am)
Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center: 4101 River Bends Drive, Shelby Township (Oct 3 at 2pm).
Interested visitors should contact individual nature centers for information. All dates, times and locations are subject to change.