O.W.L.S.: Iowa Bats Face Killer Fungus
Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th St.) northeast of Ames. “Iowa Bats Face Killer Fungus” will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 11 a.m.
Join wildlife specialist, Dr. Rebecca Christoffel, as she shares information about white-nose syndrome (WNS), a deadly fungal disease affecting bats. In this presentation, you’ll learn what Iowa is doing to monitor bat populations, provide habitat and help reduce the spread of WNS. WNS was discovered in New York in 2006 and has since spread to 25 states. Some populations of bats, like the little brown bat, suffer mortality rates up to 100 percent. In Iowa, the fungus has been documented on one bat and in several caves, but no bats have been infected.
O.W.L.S. programs are designed for “boomers” or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at noon. Lunch is catered for a $7 fee, and registration is required for lunch by 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. The planned lunch menu for August is pulled pork BBQ sandwich, potato salad, baked beans and a cookie.
For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.storycountyconservation.org.