CORNWALL, Ontario – The River Institute and the OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre are going batty with creatures who like the dark.
On Wednesday, July 5 between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm the St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre in Cornwall will host a Nocturnal Wildlife Workshop. Geared towards the entire family, this workshop will feature a special presentation with Cornwall’s very own Batman, Dr. Brian Hickey. As a result of declining bat populations in North America, Dr. Brian and his summer crew conduct bat population research that recruits homeowners to become involved in citizen science by erecting bat houses on their properties in eastern Ontario.
Dr. Hickey has studied bats throughout North America, Mexico and Africa. He says, “Bats are amazing animals and despite their false reputation for flying into hair and carrying disease, with more than 1000 species worldwide, they are one of the most diverse and ecologically important groups of mammals on the planet.” He adds, “This time of year we may see a bit of an increase in numbers because the young are just learning to fly.”
It isn’t only bats that can be found on the night shift when travelling with Dr. Brian, he has a great interest in all sorts of creatures, in particular those he encounters in the dark. A research scientist, ecologist, and educator at the River Institute, he combines fascinating photos with an engaging speaking style that makes for a presentation that the whole family will enjoy.
The public is invited to come out and explore the important role that nocturnal animals play in natural ecosystems. Workshop participants will also learn about the interesting characteristics and behaviours of these critters. Visitors just might get a chance to see the real thing.
These Environmental Education Workshops at the OPG Visitor Centre are free of charge throughout the summer. The OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is located at 2500 B Second Street West, Cornwall, Ontario.
For more details and information about OPG Family Workshops and other River Institute programs please visit www.riverinstitute.ca or follow the River Institute on Facebook and Twitter.