Summer Family Evenings Kick-Off With Bats June 6

Talk on bats Wednesday at nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The first in this year’s Pajarito Environmental Education Center Summer Family Evenings series features bat expert Justin Stevenson presenting a talk about North American bats at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

This Summer Family Evenings event will give people of all ages the opportunity to celebrate North American bats and learn about their life history, behavior and biology. Stevenson is the co-founder of R.D. Wildlife Management and Fightwns, a 501(c)(3) advocacy initiative focused on raising critical white-nose syndrome research funds. He is the former co-chair of the New Mexico Bat Working Group and serves as vice president of the Western Bat Working Group.

Over the course of the summer, a variety of organizations, animals, and more will visit the nature center Wednesday evenings in June and July (except July 4) for Summer Family Evenings. Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring these events.

2018 Summer Family Evenings Schedule:

  • June 6 — Learn about and meet Northern American bat species,
  • June 13 — Join the International Rattlesnake Museum to learn about snake identification, ask health and safety questions about snakebites, and hear reptile stories. There also will be live snakes to see up close.
  • June 20 — Enjoy hands-on science activities from the Explora! Science Museum
  • June 27 — Meet raptors from the New Mexico Wildlife Center
  • July 11 — ScienceFest: Learn about DNA barcoding with Los Alamos Makerspace
  • July 18 — Learn about how small farms care for goats and what goats need to live happily. Meet a variety of goats, both big and small
  • July 25 — The Harrell House of Natural Oddities will bring an amazing selection of live critters like tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, crabs, and more! Hear amazing facts and ask questions about these unusual animals.

Summer Family Evening events are free for PEEC members or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required and admission can be paid at the door. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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