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Bats: Myth and Reality

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center - Pinellas County Extension

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Bats: Myth and Reality

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Bats are among the world’s most fascinating and beneficial animals. Yet after centuries of misinformation and myths we needlessly fear and often persecute them. This program debunks these myths and introduces attendees to the many important contributions these mammals make to ecosystem and human health. Discussion points include lifestyle, diet, disease, and conservation efforts, and the program is concluded with an introduction to live Florida bats. Learn the facts and protect bats! This event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve.



           There are many styles of bat houses available to consumers who wish to attract bats to their property but beware!  Tricksters are everywhere!  Many bat houses are built to be attractive yard ornaments but are doomed to fail as bat houses.   

          Bat Belfrys are hand-built to the exacting requirements of Florida’s roosting bats, using methods, designs, and materials that reflect over 20 years of field testing.  When properly located, Bat Belfrys bat houses have an 85% occupancy rate.  All houses include detailed mounting and installation instructions.

           Two sizes available: 3-chambered house holds up to 350 bats and sells for $70 + tax; 4-chambered house holds up to 500 bats and sells for $100 + tax.

          Cash, checks, Mastercard or Visa accepted.






Reservation policy

Before continuing, we would like to make you aware of our reservation policies. Cancellations - If your class is canceled for any reason you will be notified no less than 24 hours prior to class start. We will provide a full refund for cancellations made by Pinellas County Extension. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Payment - We require full payment at time of reservation so be prepared with a credit card to complete this transaction. Refunds - Refunds will be made in the event of a class cancellation or if the registrant requests a refund 24 hours prior to the class time. Reservations - You must be 18 to make a reservation. If you are under 18 and want to attend a class you must register and attend with a parent or guardian.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.


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Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

, FL 34688

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

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Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center - Pinellas County Extension

Pinellas County Extension at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center is proud to offer a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. The goal of these programs is to empower citizens to make informed decisions about natural and cultural resources. Center programs interpret the natural and cultural history of the area in order to demonstrate the balance between our needs and the needs of natural Florida. For more information please call (727) 453-6800.

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