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"Bats in my Hair!" assist in bat research

"Bat Watch" is a program concerned with employing citizen science to assist in the conservation of our wonderful local bats. Believe it or not, not all bats are interested in drinking your blood! In fact most simply eat insects or drink nectar from flowers. On this trip we will join Bat Specialist Cat Taylor from East Bay Regional Parks District, and try to get up close looks at wild bats as they feed at a feeding station. And employ a bat detector and make observations.

This is a great opportunity for young people and teens with an interest in animals and/or science to learn a little about scientific research and animal conservation. But we welcome anyone who simply has a curiosity and/or appreciation for nature!

We will meet in the parking lot to the right of the entrance station where there is a $6.00 parking fee.

What to bring:

This park has a series of ponds and lakes; so of course, we may have a few mosquitos! So a second layer of long sleeve/long pants might be a good idea. Also during the day it will be hot but as evening approaches it may get a little cool near the water.

A bit of citronella bug spray.

Please refrain from wearing any other cosmetics with a smell.

A small flashlight or headlamp.

Water and a snack.

And if you have it a portable, folding lawn chair.


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  • Patricia

    September 3, 2014

  • Patricia

    This was my first time at Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area. I was hoping to learn more about bats and I did. I now know that bats are not pests, some are actually pest controllers eating thousands of insects. Like not my favorite mosquitoes. So I now say hats off to the bats. It was awesome to be together with you all in a relaxed, comfortable captive setting.

    September 1, 2014

  • Deborah W.

    It was interesting, informative and fun. What a great group of folks and a nice setting/

    September 1, 2014

  • Clay

    Thanks to all the Outdoor Afros that came out on a Sunday evening and assisted in bat research! I felt everyone had a good time because the energy was great! We will do it again in the future, but maybe with a twist! so stay tuned! Who said Outdoor Afros don't do biological research!

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Sharina

    My son is not feeling well, thought he would come around .. Sorry but we will not be able to make it :(

    August 31, 2014

    • Clay

      ok Sharina, thanks for letting us know. Hope to see you on another OA adventure.

      August 31, 2014

  • Anita

    Sorry for the late notice but I'm feeling under the weather and won't be able to attend. Hope to catch up with you all soon on another adventure.

    August 31, 2014

    • Clay

      Sorry to hear Anita, heres to a speedy recovery an hope to see you on another OA adventure. And thanks for letting us know.

      August 31, 2014

  • Clay

    Couple of new changes: 1) I've opened the list up to 15 persons 2) Please bring a lawn chair if you prefer not to stand while we are detecting and recording bats.

    August 17, 2014

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