PRESQUE ISLE, Mich. (WLUC) - Children at the Moosewood Nature Center on Presque Isle learned all about bats Sunday just in time for Halloween.
Nicole Shane, a Moosewood Nature Center volunteer, holds programs for children throughout the year. Her "Batty for Bats" program Sunday, her first program of the fall, revolved all around bats.
Kids learned about the nine species of bats found in Michigan, echolocation and the disease "bat nose syndrome." Bat nose syndrome, which has been found in Michigan species, is a fatal disease that affects hibernating bats where a white fungus appears on the bat's muzzle and other body parts. Shane also taught kids about the conservation of bats and debunked the myth that bats are scary, blood-sucking creatures.
"A lot of cartoons and movies depict these animals as evil creatures, but if you actually pay attention and learn about them a little bit more you'll learn that they're not, and then that could help the bats in the future," she says.
Children got to see some preserved bats that are encased at the nature center and color bat pictures as part of their lesson.
Shane's next children's program will take place on Nov. 18 at the Moosewood Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is called "M-m-m-mammals!"