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Bat Conservation Focus of Science Program

Eastern small-footed bat. Photo: Coastal Studies Institute

“Bats of North Carolina,” this month’s Science on the Sound program, will highlight these furry creatures and ways you can get involved in bat conservation in North Carolina.

Marissa Liverman, citizen science and conservation specialist at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Conservation, will present the program at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Coastal Studies Institute located on the East Carolina University Outer Banks Campus at 850 N.C. 345 in Wanchese.

Marissa Liverman with a Rafinesque’s big-eared bat. Photo: Contributed

The presentation is free, and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute are hosting the program as part of its monthly Science on the Sound series, which highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.

Bats are battling many conservation issues including white-nose syndrome, which has caused mass mortality of cave-hibernating bats in North America, according to the Coastal Studies Institute.

Liverman will also discuss how the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission monitors bat populations across the state along with how you can be a bat steward here on the Outer Banks and help bats easily in your own backyards.

This program will be streamed live and the online viewing audience will be able to ask the presenter questions via an online chat room.

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