Learn About Bats at Freedom Public Library Event
October 7, 2019
Want to learn about bats before Halloween? If yes, then you’re in luck because The Friends of Freedom Public Library is hosting a “Bat Chat” class on Tuesday, October 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Freedom Public Library (5870 SW 95th St).
In addition to getting to see a bat house, attendees will learn basic information about bats, protecting and preserving native bat populations and the effect bats have on Marion County. Information will be provided by staff from the Florida Bat Conservatory.
In case you can’t wait to learn about bats, here’s some basic information:
• There are more than 1,300 bat species worldwide; the United States and Canada have about 45 species
• Bats love to eat night insects
• Bats are the only mammals that can fly
• Some bats can surpass speeds of 100 miles an hour
• Many bat species are endangered or threatened
• Most bats live less than 20 years
• Contrary to what you may have heard, bats are not blind
• A bat’s wingspan can range from five inches to six feet
• Like us, bats have belly buttons
For more detailed info about these nocturnal creatures, check out this article or Google!