Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats

Rob Pierce, Education Director for the World Forestry Center joined us today to tell us about their latest exhibit "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats" at Discovery Museum. Did you know the smallest bat in the world has a wing span of 6 inches and the largest has a wing span of 6 feet? This, along with many other amazing bat facts can be found at "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats," during its showing at the Discovery Museum today - May 6, 2012. Located at 4033 SW Canyon Rd in Portland.

The 2,500 square foot exhibition dispels popular misconceptions about bats, describes their ecological importance and gives visitors an appreciation of the true wonders of the bat world.  The exhibit includes special effects, multi-sensory interactive displays,and environmentally lifelike settings.

Divided into entertaining and educational sections, the exhibit explores: what bats look like; where bats live; what bats eat; bats in Oregon; and how bats use echolocation. A transitional area with bat portrait photography and a giant-screen video introduces visitors to the real world of bats as diverse, beneficial mammals with fascinating skills and extraordinary abilities.There will be information provided by Bat Conservation International on White Nose Syndrome, a new disease attacking many bat populations and  casing the most precipitious decline of North American wildlife in the past century.

A hands-on display relates to the evening activities of bats, such as echolocation (sonar ability), pollination, diet and flight.   In a visit to a bat nursery, visitors learn how caring bat mothers are by using sound to help the mother bat find her baby.

Though no live bats will be on display, the Center is hosting "Bat Chats," a series of talks from community professionals ranging from topics such as "Bats in my Attic," to "Oregon's Bats: Facts and Myths."

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