The Bat Lady wings to the Northwest Stream Center

Oct 10, 2013

Attention all ghosts and goblins!!!  The Bat Lady will be at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park (600 128th St. SE, Everett).

The Bat Lady also goes by the name Barbara Ogaard. She rehabilitates injured bats for the Sarvey Wildlife Center and is a researcher for Bat’s Northwest.

“The Bat Lady puts on quite a show,” said Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch.

“She has this unique ability to engage little kids and old gray beards at the same time.”

Live bats will be part of the presentation along with photo images of bats from around the world and some very cool bat puppets.

Attend this show and you will learn that bats are beneficial in many ways.

“One of my favorite foods is bananas,” Murdoch said.  “After learning from the Bat Lady that Fruit Bats pollinate banana trees, I became a big bat fan.”

They also pollinate breadfruit, avocados, dates, figs, peaches and mangoes.  In the tropics, bats spread seeds for trees that are essential for the rain forests.

In North America bats control insects... a single Mouse Eared bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour.

The whole family will learn that we really don’t need to be worried about vampire bats.  Real vampires are only found in the tropics, and they don’t care for human blood... sorry Dracula, there are no vampires in Transylvania... and vampire saliva is being used in the development of a new medicine for people with heart disease.

At the bat show you will see that while many bats are scary to look at, others are very beautiful, and some are so cute that they will bring a big smile to your face.

Pre-register for the Bat Show by calling 425-316-8592; $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members, $7 non-members.  Proceeds benefit Sarvey Wildlife Center and the NW Stream Center.

To learn about other upcoming Streamkeeper Academy events at the Northwest Stream Center like Puget Sound Through an Artist’s Eye on Nov. 1, go to www.streamkeeper.org.

All ghosts and goblins who attend wearing a costume will receive a free salmon poster.

For details on bats of the Pacific Northwest go to the Bats Northwest website: http://www.batsnorthwest.org/meet_our_bats.html

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