San Antonio Bat Fest 2012 Symposium at Trinity University

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Mary Anthony
Oct. 11, 2012

San Antonio Bat Fest 2012 Symposium at Trinity University

Merlin Tuttle will deliver the keynote address

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University will host the San Antonio Bat Fest 2012 Symposium with keynote speaker Merlin Tuttle from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in Laurie Auditorium. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Register here.

Bats of Texas, Bats of San Antonio, Bats in Latin America Culture, Bats in the San Antonio Zoo, Value of Bats, Threats to Bats from White-nose Syndrome, Threats to Bats from Wind Turbines, International Bat Conservation, and Bats in Texas Bridges are some of the topics to be covered.

The symposium speakers include: Merlin Tuttle, founder and president emeritus, Bat Conservation International; David Ribble, professor and department chair of biology, Trinity University; James Eggers, director of education, Bat Conservation International; Navin Durish, environmental scientist, URS Corporation; Loren Ammerman, associate professor of biology, Angelo State University; Claudia Zapata, director of programs, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin; Krista McDermid, director of programs, Zara Environmental, Manchaca, Texas; Jim Kennedy, habitat protection coordinator, Bat Conservation International; and Stacy McReynolds, education manager, San Antonio Zoo.

Texas has the largest variety of bats of any state (34 species) and has more than 70% of all the species in the U.S. The symposium celebrates the eight species of bats that live in or near San Antonio, as well as nearby Bracken Bat Cave, home to the world's largest bat colony.

San Antonio Bat Fest 2012 partners include Trinity University, the San Antonio Zoo, Bat Conservation International, Freetail Brewing Company, Brackenridge Park Conservancy, Texas Master Naturalists, and Lone Star Woodcraft. 

For more information, contact Trinity's department of biology at 210-999-7231.