Did you know that an individual little brown bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitos in a single hour? Olompali State Historic Park is home to eight species of insectivorous bats! Learn more about our voracious flying friends at Olompali’s annual Bat Night from 6-9 p.m. on August 16th, 2014.
Join us for an opportunity to meet live bats, view bat houses, create a bat mask, eat bat snacks. Just after dusk, Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats will teach us about the diversity and benefits of bats worldwide. At dark we hope to see some of the park’s residents swoop and dive while they catch insects on the wing.
Olompali State Historic Park provides excellent bat habitat because of its protected wild lands, lack of pesticide use, old snag trees and preserved historic buildings in which bats can roost. The species of bats documented at Olompali include the pallid bat, California myotis, big brown bat, hoary bat, western red bat, Townsend’s big-eared bat, Mexican free-tail bat, and Yuma myotis.
All ages are welcome. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on while we watch the bats. Parking is $8.00 per car, and the event is free. Olompali is located just north of Novato at 8901 Redwood Highway.
Bat Night is sponsored by California State Parks with funding and assistance by the cooperating association The Olompali People (TOP).