Oregon Wildlife invites you to learn about bats of the Northwest and their conservation at a presentation by Pat Ormsbee, retired bat specialist, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in Portland.

Bats are often portrayed as scary and unpleasant creatures—an unfortunate stereotype for an animal that is, in reality, a shy and fascinating creature that can eat up to 1,000 insects an hour! Ormsbee will share information on the biology, ecology and life history of bats and discuss the conservation threats that affect them.

Admission is $5 per person. The presentation is free if you are a member of Oregon Wildlife. Registration is required for everyone. Register online at the Foundation’s website, www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife.

For more information, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. This and all other talks in the Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

Other topics in the 2012-13 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series are:

  • Feb. 20: Snakes of the Willamette Valley, Simon Wray, ODFW Conservation Biologist
  • March 13: Beavers in Oregon, Jimmy Taylor, Research Wildlife Biologist, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • April 17: California and Steller Sea Lions, Robin Brown, ODFW Marine Mammal Program Leader
  • May 15: Black Bears, Doug Cottam, ODFW District Wildlife Biologist

Oregon Wildlife supports projects that protect and restore Oregon’s wildlife and improve access to our outdoor resources.  Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish, wildlife and their habitats.

Image courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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