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Bats are one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented creatures in our environment. Bats play an essential role in pest control, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. Recent studies estimate that bats eat enough pests to save more than $1 billion per year in crop damage and pesticide costs in the corn industry alone in the United States.

Carolina Nature Coalition is honored to host our guest presenter, Brenda Bhatti, for an evening program about bats. The presentation includes an indoor introduction to the bats of North Carolina with a follow-up Question and Answer session.

Brenda, a consulting Wildlife Biologist, has participated in bat studies and fieldwork internationally for over 25 years. She is a member of the Northeast Bat Working Group (NEBWG) and the North Carolina Bat Working Group. Brenda has captured and handled over 20 species, including 11 of North Carolina's 17 bat species.

Ms. Bhatti has been presenting bat educational programming to community organizations, non-profits/conservation groups, state/national parks, nature centers, school classrooms, and others since 1994 and truly enjoys enlightening everyone about the benefits of having these remarkable creatures around.

We thank National Geographic for their video, “Catfish vs Bat”, which appears in this recorded presentation. The video on “Megabats Flying-Fox Rehab ABC”, also appearing in this presentation is the property of “Storyful”.


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