Learn about the awesome abilities of the world’s only flying mammal at a special presentation on bats at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Columbia Public Library in Columbia. Presented by staff from Rock Bridge Memorial State Park near Columbia, the free photo-filled presentation will be held at the library’s Friends Room and is open to the public.

Sponsored by Missouri State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, the program will include information on the different species of bats that use the park’s Devil’s Icebox cave and details about white-nose syndrome, a disease that affects bats. The program provides the opportunity to see captive live bats and for children to decorate a cardboard bat to take home. The program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.

The Columbia Public Library is located at 100 W. Broadway in Columbia. For more information about the program, contact Rock Bridge Memorial State Park at 573-449-7400. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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