DWR to hold “Meet the Bats Night” near Green River
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DWR biologist Tony Wright examines a silver-haired bat. The Utah DWR will host a free “Meet the Bats” night on Aug. 2 near Green River. 
Photo by Brent Stettler
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Area residents will have the opportunity to get up close to bats next week during a “Meet the Bats Night” sponsored by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).

The event will be held the evening of Aug. 2 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area east of Green River, officials said in a news release. There is no charge to attend the event, officials said.

During the event, biologists with the Utah DWR 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 get caught.”

After biologists catch the bats, they will identify the animals, measure them and then release them unharmed, Stettler said.

“You’ll be able to see, learn about and photograph the bats before the biologists release them,” he said.

As the night progresses, biologists hope a larger variety of bats will be caught in the net.

“So, for the best experience, plan on staying past midnight,” Stettler said. “You’re also welcome to camp onsite and leave the next day.”

Stettler said anyone who is interested in attending the even must preregister to participate. The number of participants is limited to 25, he said, adding that pets or young children should not be brought to “Meet the Bats Night” as it is not a suitable event for them.

The viewing site is accessible by car, and an indoor bathroom is available.

To register or for more information, call Stettler at 435-613-3707.

After registering, plan on meeting just off the Cisco exit (exit 204) on Interstate 70 at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2.

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