Moths vs Bats: Nocturnal Wonders
August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Wonders of the Night! At this evening presentation and walk at Bald Hill Farm, you will gain a hands-on glimpse into the amazing diversity of moths and bats found in our own backyards after dark. The shadow of dark offers us a good time to attract moths to light-stations, and use bat detectors to listen for bats!
There’s much more to these night fliers than meets the eye. Besides being extraordinarily diverse in color, shape, and size, moths are also important because they pollinate plants and feed birds, bats, and even people around the world! And bats are just the coolest – more than 1,390 species of bats around the world are playing ecological roles that are vital to the health of natural ecosystems and human economies by consuming insects, pollinating valuable plants, and dispersing seeds.
Lending his expertise on all things ‘moths’ is Dana Ross, an entomologist in Corvallis who serves as a volunteer Curatorial Associate with the Oregon State Arthropod Collection. He has pursued butterflies and moths throughout Oregon since the early 1980s.
And representing the bat world is Stuart Perlmeter, who has worked with bats for nearly 30 years. During that time, Stuart has also run successful field biology programs for students from the Springfield School District in bat and watershed science research, as well as founding The WELL Project (Water and Energy Learning Lab), a science program that supports hands-on science instruction in the areas of water and energy science.