Discussion to address bats and the environment

LITCHFIELD — A talk on “Bats and the Environment,” will take place at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center on May 15 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Gerri Griswold will explain that bats are some of the most misunderstood animals because many people fear what they do not understand. The bats’ place in the ecology is vital yet some deadly diseases threaten their existence.

“Bats have occupied our planet for 50 million years yet we have only seriously studied them over the last six decades,” Griswold said.

Through Q and A, a brief slide presentation, and the help of a live Big Brown, participants will explore biology, ecology, sonar and cultural highs and lows of these extraordinary creatures. The program is appropriate for adults and children.

Griswold is director of administration and development at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. She is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, with special emphasis on bats, for the State of Connecticut.  She has co-produced a segment for The Late Show with David Letterman and a segment on Positively Connecticut with Diane Smith.

The fee for the program is $10.  Bring a friend for $5 payable with registration. For further information, call Wisdom House at (860) 567-3163, e-mail programs@wisdomhouse.org, or visit  www.wisdomhouse.org/program/calendar.html.



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