Thursday, October 5 • 7:00–8:00 pm
at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street, Greenville (Use side entrance off Academy Street)
Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Kindle
Bat Biologist with the SC Department of Natural Resources
Though 14 species of bats in our state play an important role in our ecosystem and economy, they are often an unsung hero in our culture. Join us as we debunk myths about these mysterious and fascinating creatures, and learn how a world without bats would be scary indeed! Hear about the exciting research South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and others are doing on bats. If possible, pre-register here.
Jennifer was hired as an SCDNR wildlife biologist after working with the department as a volunteer, wildlife technician, and independent contractor. She grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Wildlife Science. In graduate school, she studied the wintering ecology of Greater Sage-grouse, and for over 10 years contributed to various avian ecology projects around the US and in Western Australia’s tropical savannah. During her travels, Jennifer was amazed by the size some of the world’s largest bats, the flying foxes, and inspired by the sight of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats filling the evening sky as they emerged from Carlsbad Caverns at sunset. Not long after, she began working with bats as a volunteer for SCDNR and has enjoyed monitoring these fascinating and mysterious mammals ever since. As the state bat biologist, her main duties are to conduct hibernacula counts and WNS surveillance, run a summer mist netting project for Northern long-eared bats, provide WNS outreach to local caving and mining groups and the public, and maintain and update the SC Bat Conservation Plan and WNS Response Plans. This past year she also managed the North American Bat Monitoring (NABat) program in SC, a national effort to collect acoustic bat calls to monitor bats at local and range wide scales over time to promote effective bat conservation and management.