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Birdy Hour Speaker Series with Corky Quirk Bats eat the bugs that bug us!

April 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bats are often misunderstood and feared by people, but they are amazing animals and are incredibly important to the ecosystem and to us humans. Join us to learn about these flying mammals and how they are vital to agriculture. Bats eat the insects that affect our crops and spread disease.
This family-friendly program will start with a presentation about bats with something for all ages. Then the highlight: we’ll meet live bats! You’ll get a close-up look at three species of bats native to California. As you meet these bats, you will see various adaptations that make each one unique to its habitat and foraging style.
Mary Jean (Corky) Quirk is the founder of NorCal Bats, an organization that provides care for injured bats and educational programs for libraries, school, nature programs, fairs and other events throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native bats since 2004 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education. She is permitted through the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the
USDA. She is also an experienced environmental educator who got her start with Camp Fire Boys and Girls.  She has an undergraduate degree in natural resource planning and interpretation from Humboldt State University. She teaches three days a week at Yolo Basin Foundation, a wetland education program in the Sacramento Valley, in addition to her work with bats.
Please register – the Zoom meeting link will be sent in the confirmation. If you have trouble registering or have any questions, please contact Sirena Lao, Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist, at
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April 22, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
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