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Want to get up close and personal with bats? Here's your chance

Great Basin National Park to host a 'Bat BioBlitz'
Posted at 8:17 PM, Aug 09, 2019

Great Basin National Park is hosting a Bat BioBlitz this month.

What is a BioBlitz?

The National Park Service says a Bioblitz is a short term event to learn about the biodiversity of an area.

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The Great Basin Bat BioBlitz will take place Aug. 20 through 22. There will be free camping for participants, talks, demonstrations, and more.

“This is an opportunity to learn more about bat ecology in the Great Basin. We often overlook bats as they are nocturnal fliers and vocalize above the range of human hearing. Bats can live for over 40 years, can fly over 100 mph, and provide billions of dollars in pest control by feeding on insects.” said BioBlitz organizer Dr. Bryan Hamilton.

“In spite of their tremendous economic and ecological value, bats face unprecedented threats. Over 10 million have died in the last 10 years as a result of wind turbine strikes and White-nose syndrome. This citizenscience project will help the park refine its list of bat species and develop a better understanding of their distribution before White-nose syndrome reaches Nevada," he says.

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"Plus it’s a great opportunity to get outside and see the park at night.”

Some parts of the event require registration.

For a full event schedule, to register for lunch on Aug. 21 or to learn more visit NPS.gov.