Bats have many admirable qualities; the ability to eat 1,200 mosquitoes an hour is surely one of the finest. They can also live to be over 30 years old and fly at speeds beyond 60 miles per hour. All to say, they deserve better than their much-maligned image as the target of a weaponized tennis racquet!
Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., Midcoast Conservancy’s Americorps member Skye Cahoon will lead a “Bat Bash Hike” at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson to meet the eight bat species that live here in Maine. Though all of Maine’s bat friends have migrated away to warmer climates or are hibernating underground by now, the group will still have fun learning why the only flying mammal is special and fascinating.
During the 1.5-mile hike, participants will explore the areas that bats call home in the spring and summer months, discuss why bats are important to both the forest and humans, and admire photos of their adorable faces and fluffy bodies!
The rain date for this event is Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to noon. To learn more and to register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events-list/bat-bash-hike.