PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to join biologists in netting bats from 7:30-10 p.m. Aug. 6 along the Verde River, north of Scottsdale.
Arizona is home to 28 species of bats, many of which live and forage right in our own backyards. This event is a great way to experience these fascinating, yet often misunderstood, creatures in person.
"We’ve had good luck netting bats along the Verde," said Randy Babb, watchable wildlife program manager. "We typically capture three to five species and sometimes get something unusual, which can be really exciting. Captured bats will be identified, examined and released unharmed."
Babb said other species that might be encountered include snakes and other reptiles, along with owls and various rodents.
"It’s a really nice way to spend a warm summer evening," Babb said.
The registration fee is $25 per person (10 and older). Participation is limited to 20 people.