Coordinator Commentary: Things Are About to Get Batty in Michigan!

Michigan isn’t our first Parks in Focus program to highlight bats. Last year, our Tucson participants learned about bats of the Sonoran Desert and visited a local roost with researchers from Arizona Game & Fish.

By: Bret Muter, PIF Michigan Coordinator

The Udall Foundation is kicking off their 2012 Parks in Focus program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint and University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint by providing BGCGF youth with the unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the world’s most misunderstood critters: bats.

The program, presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC), will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the BGCGF’s Averill Unit. Participants will observe live bats and other nocturnal animals as they learn about the adaptations that allow those species to survive, and thrive, in Michigan. The OBC is the largest bat conservation program in the country and is headquartered at the Cranbook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

We are excited for the OBC to come to the BGCGF to provide our participants with the unqiue opportunity to see some of the neat, but often misunderstood species, that live in our own backyards. This will be a great kick-off to the BGCGF’s summer recreational activities, like Parks in Focus, that aim to get youth outside and learning about their local environment.

Special thanks to Critter Catchers, Inc. for sponsoring this awesome event for Parks in Focus! Check back next week for photos and other wild updates!

About Critter Catchers, Inc.
Founded in 2005, the Ortonville, Mich.-based Critter Catchers, Inc. was formed by David Kugler, an Oakland University graduate holding a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Wayne State University. Critter Catchers provides wildlife control services in SE Michigan and specializes in humane bat removal and other attic pests. Visit the Website at www.crittercatchersinc.com or call: (248) 432-2712.

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