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Contact: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument - Interpretation
Clarno – Join Ecologist Tom Rodhouse and Ranger Shelley Buranek on Saturday August 13, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM for Bats! a program at the Clarno Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Clarno Unit is on highway 218 approximately 15 miles west of Fossil, Oregon, or approximately 90 miles northeast of Bend, Oregon just east of the unincorporated community of Clarno, Oregon (no services).
"Bats are often misunderstood animals that play an important role in our ecosystem," says Superintendent Shelley Hall. "We are lucky to have one of the most diverse populations of bats anywhere in North America, and the Clarno Palisades are one of their favorite spots."
The program will meet in the picnic area, and feature a talk about the bat ecology, the importance of bats in our environment, and the National Park Service’s role in preserving and protecting bats. After the presentation concludes, participants may join Tom and Shelley for a very easy short hike to the base of the Palisades Cliffs to watch for bats as they emerge from their daytime resting places, and to listen for bat ultrasonic eco-location calls. Bring a flashlight, a light jacket and appropriate footwear for the short trail hike.
This event is part of John Day Fossil Beds’ celebration of the National Park Service 2016 Centennial and is co-sponsored by the NPS Upper Columbia Basin Inventory and Monitoring Program.
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