Bats Performing For Martha Stewart Making Their Way To Potter Park Zoo

Just in time for Halloween, Potter Park Zoo will host guest speaker Rob Mies, author of Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Bats and co-founder and Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2008 in the zoo’s Safari Room.

The Organization for Bat Conservation is an organization dedicated to the preservation of bats through education, conservation, and research. Mies’ presentation, “Bat Encounters,” will focus on the benefits, misunderstandings, and uniqueness of bats. He will cover topics ranging from bat behaviors and conservation to public health issues such as what to do if you have a bat in your house. Attendees also will be able to view several live bat species during the presentation.

In addition to his work at Organization for Bat Conservation, Mies is a member of the American Zoological Association Bat Taxon Advisory Group, Northeast Bat Working Group, and the Michigan Bat Working Group. Mies has been a frequent guest on the Today Show and Martha Stewart Living, and has consulted for National Geographic, Nickelodeon, and The Discovery Channel. He recently was seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The Early Show. Mies also was the executive producer for the Organization for Bat Conservation’s award-winning video, Bats--The True Story, and was the author of one of the first guides to bats, Understanding Bats.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for zoo society members and $8 for non-members. To reserve your tickets, please call (517) 702-4730. Tickets also can be purchased at Parking is $2 for Ingham County residents and $4 for non-residents.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 517.483.4221 or visit

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