UF Bat House

City Bat Stroll at the Manatee Observation and Education Center

The UF/IFAS St Lucie County Extension in conjunction with the Manatee Observation and Education Center are having a presentation entitled “City Bat Stroll” on October 29, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 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 nighttime 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 during a stroll along in the Indian River Lagoon in downtown Fort Pierce. Live bats will not be showcased during the presentation but are likely to be detected during the stroll through downtown.

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.

Free-tailed Bats

Bats in St Lucie County

What: City Bat Stroll at the Manatee Observation and Education Center
Date & Time: October 29, 2019 Beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Manatee Observation and Education Center, 480 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce
Registration: Required. Seating is limited. To register call (772) 466-1600 ext 3337
Costs: $20 Manatee Center volunteers and members/$25 Non-members.
Ages: This will be an adult-oriented program. Children will be welcome over the age of 8.