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Science On Tap: Wisconsin’s Bats
December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come and learn about the important and unique role that bats play in our world! As the primary predator of nighttime flying insects Wisconsin’s bats are vitally important to not only the health of the environment, but people as well! The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and surrounding lands provide critical habitat for Wisconsin bats and are essential for helping them survive the continuing threat of the disease White-Nose Syndrome.
Brian Heeringa is the Wildlife Biologist for the Washburn Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. He received his degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and has worked with the USDA Forest Service since 2003. In addition to coordinating the bat monitoring program on the National Forest, Brian works with a team of biologists to coordinate bat acoustic survey efforts across the Eastern Region of the Forest Service. A recent sharp-tailed grouse translocation project and the on-going restoration of a globally imperiled pine barrens ecosystem are also areas of focus and interest. Brian is a member of The Wildlife Society and serves as a board member of the Midwest Bat Working Group.Join Brian as he speaks about the bats that call Wisconsin home, what is being done by the Forest Service and partner agencies to protect these important animals, and ways that you can get involved in your very own backyard.
Funding for Science on Tap—Minocqua is provided by: a grant from the Brittingham Fund to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Don’t forget you can always watch the event on your computer, tablet or smartphone by clicking the Watch Science On Tap live button on the website at www.scienceontapminocqua.org