Speaker/Guide: Caroline Bissel
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
Have fun laughing and learning the many ways the awesome 1,300 bat species of the world make our lives better. Pick up numerous bat facts, fun stories, share laughter and even some riddles and jokes. There will be no test as the end, just pure entertainment by the 'expert on call' in Chautauqua to rescue wayward bats from local buildings and homes.
The 'bat lady' appropriately named for her years of experience and expertise examining bats thru hands on learning has presented bat chats for Chautauqua Institution audiences, book clubs, garden clubs, church groups and private families filled with fun and facts.
Caroline studied bats domestically and thru trips abroad. In 2001 she lived in Brazil on an Amazon riverboat studying fruit, nectar, pollen, insect and blood eating bats with Bat Conservation International. In 2004 she participated in a hands-on seminar in the Chiricauhau Mountains of Arizona observing many of the 27 species of bats found in the desert southwest also with Bat Conservation International. She has also observed the giant fruit bats of Australia and the exotic bats in Southeast Asia. She's an expert in Chautauqua's former little brown bats, recently suffering from white nose virus.