Kovacs Discusses Bats at Next Wildlife Series

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Photo of bat for Werner Wildlife May Talk press release.

Image by Julia Schwab, Pixabay.

Wildlife biologist Nicholas Kovacs will present “Bat Crazy: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Flying Mammals” for the May Werner Wildlife Study Series on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Kovacs, who has been working with bats since 2013, has extensive experience in mist netting, acoustic monitoring, terrestrial and aerial telemetry, and conducting winter cave surveys. Kovacs will share his story about working with bats, the importance of bats in the ecosystem, and incredible facts on these tiny flying mammals.

In addition, Kovacs, who spent six months in the lab surveying bats with white nose syndrome, will discuss the devasting fungal disease which “… has killed millions of bats in North America since it was first discovered in a single cave in New York in 2007. The fungus grows on the skin tissues of hibernating bats, repeatedly rousing them from hibernation and causing them to consume their winter fat stores and starve to death before spring,” according to Bat Conservation International.

“Bat Crazy: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Flying Mammals” is free and open to the public. The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information call the museum at 307-235-2108 or email indiahayford@caspercollege.edu.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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