Each year, the California Bat Conservation Fund visits hundreds of schools, libraries, museums, and community centers to teach approximately 40,000 children, and their teachers and care givers, the truth about bats and their benefits to the human population.
The Presentation consisted of a short lecture, accompanied by a slide show. Best of all, the Fund's educators are accompanied by a variety of live bats that can be seen and enjoyed up close.
The four hour event was a hit with kids and adults alike opening the eyes and minds creating respect and educating people about this trully incredible and most needed animal.
I spoke with Melinda Alvarado of the San Luis Obisbo CBCF as she showed a Mexican Free tail Bat named Robert.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND AN INJURED BAT
Bats are wild animals and should NEVER be picked up or handled with your bare hands. Also, do NOT attempt to treat, feed, or wash an injured bat.
1. Without touching the bat, gently scoop the animal into a small container (like a shoe box) using a cloth or piece of paper
2. Put a soft cloth into the box to give the bat something to cling to
3. Cover the box and place it where it cannot be disturbed by pets or children
4. Immediately contact the California Bat Conservation Fund or the partner organization located nearest to you
If you find an injured bat hanging from a wall or tree
1. Wait until evening to see if the bat leaves on its own
2. If it does not leave on its own, contact the California Bat Conservation Fund or the partner organization located nearest to you
If you find a bat in your home
1. Open all doors and windows that lead outside
2. Close off the rest of the house
3. Turn out the lights
4. Leave the bat for a few hours to see if it leaves on its own
5. If it does not leave, contact the California Bat Conservation Fund californiabats.com/index.html
San Francisco and Marin Counties:
East Bay Counties:
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Ohlone Humane Society and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
510/651-7507 - Check this link for Katrina updates
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Kenwood Wildlife Center
Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties:
Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz
Monique 831 - 722-5011
Karen - 426-8590
Deb - 212-6999
Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento
Other Bat Conservation Sites:
Bat Conservation Intl.