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Incredible Bats!: 7:30 PM

Bats in the library? Stop by October 23rd and meet Tut, Ramses, Imhotep, or Azizi!
When Oct 23, 2012
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Children's Area
Contact Name
Contact Phone 319-524-1483
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Bats have a bad reputation, especially around Halloween.  But without them, our world would be covered with bugs, according to the presenters of the Incredible Bats Show.  The free show, which features facts about the benefits of bats to our world and the chance to see a couple of live ones, will be presented at three libraries in Lee County, Iowa on Tuesday, October 23rd.  The show will be at 3:30 PM at the Fort Madison Public Library, 5:30 PM at the Montrose Public Library, and 7:30 PM at the Keokuk Public Library.

Licensed USDA Class C exhibitors Sharon and Daniel Peterson have presented multimedia shows on bat education for the past 15 years.  Sharon Peterson is an elementary school teacher and librarian, with training from Bat Conservation International, while Daniel Peterson is a bat naturalist.  The show offers facts about the diet, living habits and many benefits of an often misunderstood and feared creature.

Attendees will meet one of the couple’s live Egyptian Fruit Bats, Tut, Ramses, Imhotep, or Azizi, and one of their new African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats.  The bats were born in captivity.  The Egyptian Fruit Bats range in size from 4 to 5 inches, with an average weight of 4 to 6 ounces and a wingspan of about 1.5 feet.  They belong to the sub-order of Old World fruit bats, Rousettus Aegyptiacus.  African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats grow to 5.7 to 9 inches, weighing 8 to 12 oz. with a wingspan of up to 2.5 feet.

For more information on this program, please talk to a member of the library staff or visit

Incredible Bats

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