Once again, Corky Quirk will bring live bats, disabled ones, to our Visitor Center, this time on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3pm. However, they will still have the same voracious appetite that the flyers in the darkness have, as you will see when she dangles mealworms in front of their jagged-toothed mouths, realtime, on our screen. Then you will hear about the wondrous eating that bats engage in while flying over our agricultural lands, keeping the insect world in balance, as they do in most ecosystems on our Earth. And, some of their most dramatic mass flight launches and eating binges occur just outside the Bay Area, by Davis, CA.
Corky loves these talented little mammals and not just the Mexican free-tails from under the Yolo by-pass Bridge. You will learn about an array of these often cave critters and find that not only do they have fancy faces, but that they can roost on trees or even shrubs, and not necessarily in groups. Ms. Quirk, who has a degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State, runs NorCal Bats, an organization that rescues, rehabs, and releases bats back into the wild, and she has led informative walks to the Yolo night show put on by the bats for many years. She’s one of the environmental heroes who’s very aware of white nose syndrome & other challenges that these sonar-capable wonders are up against.