Come join us to enjoy the nearly full moon and search for nocturnal wildlife. We won’t really put a spotlight on the bats but we will be able to see them fly over just before it gets dark. As dusk turns to night we’ll lose sight of the bats but we’ll still be able to hear their voices with the Echo Meter technology. The Echo Meter lowers the pitch of the bats’ feeding calls and slows their voices down so that human ears can hear them. It is a fun way to find out what species of bats are around and to eavesdrop on their insect hunting.
Last summer we recorded seven species of bats at Four Lakes Forest Preserve and we hope to find those species again this summer. We’ll also be looking and listening for other night wildlife – insects, birds, frogs and mammals.
We’ll be out for a short walk on mowed, grassy paths lasting about an hour. Bring a bit of mosquito repellent, just in case. The nearly full moon should give us plenty of light but please bring a small flashlight.
Rain, strong wind or thunderstorms will cancel this program.
Directions: Four Lakes Forest Preserve - 10207 Fish Hatchery Rd, Pecatonica, IL 61031 - 7.7 miles from Rockford city limits. Highway 70/Kilburn Ave/Trask Bridge Road – 7.7 miles to Eddie Road (next intersection after Wempletown). South 3/4 mile to Fish Hatchery Road. West 1 mile to the preserve entrance.