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All About Bats

Event information

Date: Friday, August 2, 2024

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: All ages.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hammel Woods — Route 59 Access

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A bat hanging from a tree branch. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Join a naturalist to learn about these often misunderstood fascinating creatures of the night. Learn about our local bat species and find out how they are essential to a healthy ecosystem. As the bats silently leave their daytime roost, we’ll use bat-detecting equipment to reveal exactly who is heading out into the night. Then we’ll head out for a short hike to explore bat habitat and see if we can spot them performing their nightly aerial acrobatics as they search for food.

Event requirements

Registration required by Thursday, Aug. 1: 815-722-4121.


Meet at the Shorewood Grove Shelter.

The hike will be less than 1 mile on natural surfaces over uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or    submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.