Our monthly educational meetings include guest speakers, unusual bird sightings, refreshments,
and conversation. Visitors are always welcomed!
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August when we take a summer break) in the Camellia Room at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. You are welcome to join us for the entire meeting or just the Educational Program.
6:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. Birding Information
7:25 p.m. Chapter Announcements and Business
7:40 p.m. Social time, refreshments and door prize drawing
8:05 p.m. Educational Program
Thursday, October 4, 2018: Why Should I Care About Bats? - JoEllen Arnold
Birding Information: To be determined
Why Should I Care About Bats? - JoEllen Arnold
Image courtesy JoEllen Arnold.
"Why Should I Care About Bats?" you might ask yourself. Expand your
knowledge of the over 1300 bat species which make up 1/4 of the mammal
species on earth. Bats live on all continents except Antarctica and are
as tiny as a species that weighs less than a penny and as large as
flying foxes with six foot wing spans. We know our local bats are
experts at eating insects; bats in other habitats are vital pollinators
of many plants and the most important "foresters" in tropical regions,
reseeding the forest as they fly. They eat things you'd never dreamed
they could: fish, frogs, mice, lizards, birds, even other bats. A few
bug eating unreleasable Northern California bats will acompany JoEllen
Arnold and will be available for meet and greet before the meeting
begins and during the break.
JoEllen Arnold taught for 30 years with a particular passion for
introducing her students to the natural world. She met her first bat
face to face in 1997 at a workshop about bats in Yosemite and since that
life-changing encounter has become a “Missionary for Bats," taking
courses in bat conservation in the California and Arizona, and traveling
to meet more species and to assist in bat research in Texas, three
countries in Africa, three countries in Central America, Germany, and
most recently, Thailand. She volunteers with NorCal Bats to provide
public education about bats and helps with rescue and rehabilitation of
our local bats. Her mission is to open people’s hearts and minds to
these beneficial creatures which are in grave peril in many parts of the
world, including the United States. She employs her skills as a
photographer and engaging speaker to support bat conservation.
Thursday, October 1, 2018 Program: Sandhill Cranes - Paul Tebbel