Sun, February 24th: Invade the Bat Zone

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Event Name:
Invade the Bat Zone
Location: Cranbrook Institute of Science/Bat Zone
Address: 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303 (map)
Date: Sun, February 24th    9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Manager: Kavel S (email) Coordinator: Tanyata R

This event will last from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Please plan to stay for the entire event.

Event Description:  The Bat Zone at the Cranbrook Institute of Science sponsors award-winning live bat programs that explore the fascinating world of bats. Visitors can find out why bats are beneficial, how to attract them, and the importance of their conservation. In addition, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bat Zone will reveal large fruit bats (some with 6-foot wingspans), small micro bats, a rare sloth, owls, flying squirrels, and more.

What We Will Be Doing:  One Brick Detroit volunteers will help with the daily care and maintenance of the facility including, sweeping, mopping, dusting and preparing food.  Each one of the Straw Colored Fruit Bats eats about 4 pounds of fruit daily, so a great deal of food will be prepared!

What You Should Know: Dress comfortably.  Closed toed shoes are recommended.  Due to the nature of the work, do not wear anything you want to keep clean. Park in the structure for the Institute of Science.

Where to Meet: Meet at the Bat Zone Building which is 500 feet behind the Institute of Science.  Follow the walkway to the end.  The Bat Zone is the building where the sidewalk ends.

Other Info: We will be heading out to lunch for a social after. Please bring money if you wish to join. All One Brick volunteers must be 21 years of age or older. One Brick Detroit does not sign/participate with court-appointed volunteer hours.

Organization: Organization for Bat Conservation

The Organization for Bat Conservation is dedicated to protecting bats, other wildlife, and the ecosystems they need to survive. It has the largest grass-roots bat conservation education program in the United States, presenting more than 1,500 live shows to over 250,000 people annually. Live animal exhibits are also provided for museums, science centers, wildlife festivals, and more, including the permanent exhibit at Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Working with the media is one of the most important ways the Organization for Bat Conservation educates people about key conservation projects. Bat experts give interviews on topics such as bats and rabies, white-nose syndrome, nuisance bats, bat houses, and Bats and Wind Power.
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