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Free Events: Bats Eat the Bugs that Bug Us

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)


This program begins by meeting a live insect eating bat, native to Chico. Then learn about bats, especially those who help agriculture through a family friendly PowerPoint including pictures and short videos. Finally three species of native bats are displayed, one at a time, using a movie camera so the bats are projected larger than life.


Mary Jean (Corky) Quirk

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 2005 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. Corky also is responsible for maintaining www.norcalbats.org.

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 in a wetland education program in the Sacramento Valley, in addition to her work with bats.

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