A Post Halloween Bat Conservation Workshop at Oregon Zoo
By Bill LaMarche
Portland, OR - With Halloween just around the corner, bats have assumed their usual place in holiday decorations, costumes, pumpkin carvings and Dracula stories. But while the flying mammals' creepy image is as healthy as ever, real bats aren't doing so well, with disease, habitat loss and development threatening their survival.
On Nov. 3, the Oregon Zoo is teaming up with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to host a daylong bat conservation workshop aimed at helping these threatened animals.
"Most of our state's 15 bat species are listed by the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species in need of help," said Anne Warner, Oregon Zoo conservation manager. "They all play important parts in Oregon ecosystems. They eat mosquitoes and insects that can devastate valuable plants and crops."
The workshop is intended for professionals whose work affects bats (either directly or indirectly), including land and park managers, wildlife management officials, conservation groups, land-use consultants and contractors, health officials, researchers and educators.
Morning sessions will provide an informative overview of bat ecology and conservation issues in Oregon, while afternoon sessions will focus on practical recommendations for bat conservation and management. During lunch, renowned wildlife photographer Michael Durham will talk about some of his adventures taking pictures of bats and other "denizens of the dark."
Cost to attend the workshop is $30, which includes lunch and snacks. To register and see a detailed workshop schedule, visit www.oregonzoo.org/Conservation/Bats/index.htm . Registration forms must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 30.
The zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission to inspire the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Washington's pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot butterflies, western pond turtles, Oregon spotted frogs and Kincaid's lupine. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Zoo visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit www.trimet.org for fare and route information.
General admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo's Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $2 per car is also required. Additional information is available at www.oregonzoo.org or by calling 503-226-1561.
Caption: A long-legged myotis (Myotis volans) flies through the night in Oregon's high desert. Conservationists will discuss ways to help this and other threatened bat species during a daylong workshop at the Oregon Zoo Nov. 3. Photo by Michael Durham.
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Your readers may be interested to learn that this photograph was made in June of 1988. Well before establishment of either the Recovery Team (late 1988) or the Marmot Foundation (1998) or the modern captive breeding program (1998). This particular female lived for at least ten years since I first tagged her.
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