June 18, 2009
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Critter Catchers Inc. has donated $1,500 to the Organization for Bat Conservation to establish a grant to fund education programs at nature centers.
The grant enables six area nature centers to host the Organization for Bat Conservation, which will bring a handful of live bats for a close encounter with the public.
Two of the six are in Oakland County at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center, 3325 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, and West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation, 4640 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township.
The Johnson Center will host an educational program at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and the West Bloomfield location will hold its program at 10 a.m. Oct. 3.
Visitors to the six participating nature centers will learn all about bats and the benefits that the flying mammals bring to our 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. of Ortonville.
“The goal of the grant was help people understand the benefits of bats,” he said.
Critter Catchers provides wildlife control services in southeast Michigan and specializes in humane bat removal.
— Staff writer Jerry Wolffe