Bat Chat At Fort Cooper

When
Friday, September 27, 2019 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm EDT
Where
Fort Cooper State Park

3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness FL 34450

Directions

Rec Hall

Fees

$3 per vehicle, up to 8 people.

Description

Due to popular demand - special program and observation of Florida's bats!

Thanks to a Boy Scout Eagle project, Fort Cooper has a huge bat house that now has thousands of inhabitants.

The presentation will be given by Shari Blissett-Clark, president, Florida Bat Conservancy and board member of Bat Belfrys Inc., dedicated to conserving Florida's bats!

Visitors will start the evening in Fort Cooper's Rec Hall with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:00 p.m. presentation by Ms. Blisett-Clark. Following her presentation and any questions and answers, attendees will take a short hike to Fort Cooper's Bat House to witness the swarm of bats exiting their house at sundown (about 7:20 p.m.)

  • It is advised that walkers wear sneakers or close-toed shoes.

It's truly a remarkable sight! Florida's bats are the primary predators of night-flying insects, consuming millions of bugs each night. Even a small colony of just 100 bats can eat up to 200,000 insects in a single night or 65 million insect pests each year! It is estimated that there are over 5,000 bats residing in Fort Cooper's Bat House. Pesticide-free, cost-free insect control!

Participant Requirements

Contact
penny.wilson@floridadep.gov