Museum program features the story of Nevada bats August 2

Protecting bat habitat across Nevada, and why doing so is good for all, is the topic of the Nevada State Museum, Carson City’s August program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 27 presented by Jenni Jeffers.

Nevada is home to 23 species of bats. Its 250,000 abandoned mines have become important artificial roost sites for a large portion of our bat population for at least a part of their life. Jeffers will share how important bat habitat is protected and show photos of the species using these abandoned mines.

Jeffers is wildlife biologist of the Western Region, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Wildlife Diversity Division. She is best known for her live owl presentations, but is also an expert on bats. She often collaborates with George Baumgardner, Nevada State Museum curator of natural history, to conduct research on bats and protect their habitat.

The presentation is part of the Frances Humphrey lecture series held at the museum on the fourth Thursday of every month, shedding new light on the state’s stories. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, free for museum members and children 17 and younger. The program is included with regular admission. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 600 N. Carson Street. Contact Deborah Stevenson or (775) 687-4810, ext. 237 or Baumgardner at or (775) 687-4810, ext. 236.