bat programs at pipe spring september 30
Contact: Andrea Bornemeier, 928-643-7105
Pipe Spring National Monument will be hosting another evening program on the wonderful world of bats! You are invited to join us on September 30, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm AZ (7:30-9:30 UT).
These much maligned but fascinating creatures don't deserve the bad rap they often get. A large colony of bats can eat literally tons of insects in one night, saving American farmers billions of dollars by consuming crop-destroying pests. Some varieties pollinate valuable plants; others disperse seeds that help restore rainforests,
Over the last five years, North American bats have begun to be decimated by a fungal disease called White-nose Syndrome. This disease does not affect humans, but humans who visit caves which bats inhabit can spread the fungus to other caves on their clothing and equipment.
To learn more about these amazing animals, join us on Friday, September 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. AZ, (7:30-9:30 p.m. UT). Local rangers and biologists from the National Park Service and Southern Utah University will be trapping bats over the ponds at Pipe Spring. You will be able to see bats up close and personal, learn about the different species in the local area, and find out how and why biologists study them.
Please bring a lawn chair to sit on, a flashlight, and water to drink. Come out early (6:00 p.m. AZ, 7:00 p.m. UT) and visit the Pipe Spring National Monument - Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Museum (we will be closed from 5:00-6:00 p.m., AZ).
Regular entrance fees will apply - $5.00 per person 16 and older (younger are free). Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes are accepted and sold at Pipe Spring. Pipe Spring National Monument is 15 miles west of Fredonia, Arizona on AZ highway 389. It is 45 miles east of Hurricane, Utah on UT highway 59 and AZ highway 389. For more information, please call Andrea Bornemeier at 928-643-7105, or visit our website at www.nps.gov/pisp.
Did You Know?
James Whitmore brought 400 longhorns with him from Texas to Utah in the 1850s. On April 13, 1863, Whitmore received a land certificate for a 160-acre tract, which included Pipe Spring.