Blackbrook Audubon gives peek into bat rehab at their Free, virtual program 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 20

Blackbrook Audubon will host a free, virtual program 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 showcasing how the Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center helps bats recover. Tammy O’Neil, Wildlife Care Manager at the Center, will help viewers appreciate the beauty and benefits of different bat species as well as their fascinating life histories. Tammy will also give a sneak peek behind the scenes of bat rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center; why bats come in for help, how they care for them and how we all can help them too.

Anyone interested in hearing the presentation should register on the event page of blackbrookaudubon.org.  A link will be sent to each registrant’s email address.

While the program starts at 7:00 p.m., Trevor Wearstler, the host and president of Blackbrook, will allow people into the meeting about 6:30 to familiarize themselves with the software features or to chat with other attendees.

Tammy will also discuss resources related to Bat Week. Bat Conservation International designates the last week in October as Bat Week annually to celebrate the role of bats in nature. Governor DeWine proclaimed October 24 – 31 as Bat Week in Ohio to highlight the flying mammal’s importance to Ohio’s economy and ecosystems. 

The Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center in Kirtland has been rehabilitating native wildlife since 1983. In a typical year, they admit about 2,000 animals into their medical facility, treating injured or sick patients and raising orphans. This year, however, COVID-19 public health protocols prevented them from admitting patients and orphans starting in mid-March to the present. Lake Metroparks gives advice on wildlife encounters on their website, www.lakemetroparks.com. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village also suspended wildlife rehab admissions but resumed pre-scheduled wildlife intake July 7. People seeking assistance for wildlife must call 440-871-2900 or email wildlife@lensc.org prior to going to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

As a local chapter of National Audubon Society, Blackbrook Audubon covers Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties. For more information, visit blackbrookaudubon.org or email blackbrookaud@aol.com. Follow Blackbrook Audubon Society on Facebook for updates.