Get latest updates on bats in Door County at two upcoming presentations -

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  1. By Central Office August 8, 2016

    Contact(s): Peninsula State Park Nature Center at 920-854-5976 or Whitefish Dunes State Park at 920-823-2400

    FISH CREEK, Wis. - Visitors to Door County will have two opportunities to learn the latest information about bats in Wisconsin with presentations August 12 at Whitefish Dunes State Park and August 13 at Peninsula State Park.

    DNR bat biologist Jennifer Redell with a fruit bat she will bring to programs at Whitefish Dunes and Peninsula state parks.
    Photo Credit: DNR

    Jennifer Redell, a Department of Natural Resources bat biologist, will present the latest news on how white-nose syndrome is impacting Wisconsin bats. Learn which bats may be affected, and which bats call the Door County area home. Redell will bring along a live fruit bat called a flying fox that is native to Africa as a "bat ambassador" to give people a close-up look at these important species.

    Redell will explain how researchers use an Anabat echolocation device to track these flying mammals. Visitor can then stick around to see if any bats are flying around the parks.

    Redell said bats are some of the most unique and ecologically beneficial animals in the world, with a recent study finding that insect-eating bats represent the equivalent of $658 million to $1.5 billion in insect control services each year in Wisconsin alone.

    The several species that inhabit Door County are currently the focus of research by multiple agencies. Last year white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection that is fatal to bats, was found at Horseshoe Bay Cave, which has the largest native bat population of any natural cave in the state. According to Redell, an estimated 1,250 bats hibernate there.

    The presentation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held August 12 at the Whitefish Dunes Nature Center Auditorium and August 13 at the Peninsula State Park Nature Center. The bat program is free and open to the public, but a state park vehicle sticker is required for entry into the parks.

    Last Revised: Monday, August 08, 2016