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Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 5:45 am

Join bat biologist Nancy Renison and Arizona Game and Fish bat biologists for a fascinating and educational search for bats. The event is scheduled from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Preserve.

See live bats up close as you explore fact and fiction about the world’s only flying mammal.

“This is an exciting program for students and adults,” said Renison. “We’ll use the Anabat detector and set up capture nets. We’re likely to see several species of bats, including mouse-eared, scorpion eaters, western pipistrelle, the smallest bat in North America, and maybe even the elusive yellow bat that roosts in palm trees.”

Participants should bring a flashlight.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 928-684-2772 or email bmccollum@tnc.org to make reservations or for information.

Admission is $5 per person, $3 for Conservancy members. Kids 12 and under, Friends of the Hassayampa members and volunteers are free.

Preserve summer hours are Friday through Sunday, 7 until 11 a.m. Winter hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., resume on Sept. 14.

Visit www.nature.org/hassayampa for information.

The 730-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is on Highway 60 three miles southeast of Wickenburg at milepost 114. It was created in 1987 to protect a rare desert cottonwood/willow streamside habitat that attracts more than 280 species of birds annually and supports diverse plant and animal communities.

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