“Meet the Bats Night” in Southeastern Utah

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DWR biologist Lisa Horzepa releases a bat at a previous Meet the Bats event.

DWR Press Release

Green River – You can get close to bats at a free “Meet the Bats Night.” The event will be held the evening of Sept. 5 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area east of Green River.

During the event, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources will catch bats using a fine mesh net strung across a pond. Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, said the bats get so focused on catching insects that they sometimes lose track of the net and end up getting caught.

After biologists catch the bats, they’ll identify the animals, measure them and then release them unharmed. “You’ll be able to see, learn about and photograph the bats before the biologists release them,” Stettler said.

As the night progresses, a larger variety of bats will be caught in the net. “So, for the best experience, plan on staying past midnight,” Stettler suggested. “You’re also welcome to camp onsite and leave the next day.”

Stettler said you must preregister to participate. The number of participants is limited to 25. He also explained that “Meet the Bats Night” is not a good event for pets or young children.

When you call to register, Stettler will give you the details on where and when to meet. To register or for more information, call him at (435) 613-3707.

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