PAST EVENT / August 23, 2015: Mysterious Bats & Caves

We’re thrilled that we have several interesting speakers with great topics lined up for our August 23 program: Mysterious Bats & Caves:

1:15 – 2:00 / Dr. Hank Ratrie, biology professor at Goucher College, will present ‘An Introduction to Bats’, including their behavior, lifestyle, habitat, whether they are dangerous or not, the types of bats found in Maryland, why they are important to various ecosystems, and more. If you’ve ever wondered about these mysterious winged wonders, this is the presentation for you.

2:15 – 3:00 / Shannon Pederson – ‘Explorations in Bat Research’:

What are the effects of urban landscapes on bat species and their activity? In this world of iOS and apps, what type of equipment allows researchers to study bat behavior? Shannon Pederson has eight years experience catching and studying bats. Today, she will provide an overview of bat biology and then discuss different research methods and their findings. And she’ll bring some of the fascinating, sophisticated equipment she uses to detect bats and capture data.

3:15 – 4:00 / Jim McConkey – ‘Cave Geology and Speleogenesis Introduction’:

The formation and development of caves is known as speleogenesis. Caves and their stalactites and stalagmites are formed by various geologic processes. Learn more about the hydrogeologic setting and evolution of karst during this fascinating presentation of an underground world rarely seen.

Ongoing / Tom Scollins – Bat Houses and general bat info

In addition, we’ll have plenty of info stations and hands-on exploration activities to guide you in your discovery of the fascinating worlds of bats and caves. Bring the children!