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Bats and Bat Detecting Basics Presentation

The UF/IFAS St Lucie County Extension in conjunction with the Manatee Observation and Education Center are having a lunch and learn presentation entitled “Bats and Bat Detecting Basics” on October 12, 2018 from Noon – 1 p.m. During this event Ken Gioeli, UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension Agent, will go over the basics of bat biology and how to use bat detectors on night time searches for bats.

Have you ever wondered what kind of bats live in Florida? Meet at the Manatee Observation and Education Center for an informative bat chat with guest speaker Ken Gioeli, University of Florida/St. Lucie County Extension Natural Resource Agent. Learn about this fascinating, beautiful, misunderstood mammal that is an essential part of a healthy ecosystem. Ken will bring bat detectors to show participants how to detect bat echolocation at night.

Ken Gioeli serves on the faculty of the University of Florida/IFAS as the Natural Resources Extension Agent for St Lucie County. He provides natural resource-related educational programs for Extension volunteers such as Master Gardeners and Florida Master Naturalists as well as general homeowners, community organizations, school and governmental agencies. Ken earned his University of Florida M.Ag. in agricultural education and communications and a graduate certificate in environmental education. He conducted research on vampire bats through the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) – a collaboration between UF, Duke University and the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Bat house at the UF student vegetable gardens. UF/IFAS Photo: Sally Lanigan.

UF Bat House Video by Ken Gioeli

What: Lunch and Learn: Bats and Bat Detecting Basics
Date & Time: October 12, 2018 beginning at noon.
Location: Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Registration: Not required.
Costs: Free of Charge