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Bats are a vital part of our local ecosystem, and lately they’ve been in the news because of dramatic decreases in their populations.

Whether you find bats fascinating or frightening, the Nashua River Watershed Association invites you to learn about bats from Nathan Fuller, Ph.D. candidate at Boston University working under the direction of Thomas Kunz, the world’s foremost expert on bats.

On Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton, Nathan will talk about the work of the BU lab which has been pioneering bat research for several decades, focusing on bat physiology, reproductive biology, thermal imaging and flight behavior and a new emerging fungal disease of bats known as white-nose syndrome.Nathan will give a general overview of these topics, as well as "fun facts" and myths associated with nature’s only flying mammal. He’ll also cover some specific results of his research including some good news about WNS, bat flight behavior, and a collaborative effort with engineers to develop an autonomous aerial telemetry system. Nathan received a BS in Ecology and Environmental Biology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and began his graduate work in the Spring of 2009. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and expand your knowledge with information from the leading edge of bat research.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To register, or for more information, please contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development Associate, at 978-448-0299, or email PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships to support our water and land protection and environmental education programs in the 32 communities of our watershed. Visit us at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

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