November Science Café to Discuss Conservation Issues for Pacific Northwest Bats

November topic for the Olympia Science Café is Conservation Issues for Pacific Northwest Bats

7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee House, 516 Capitol Way South, Olympia
Batdorf & Bronson has three locations in Olympia. Science Café meets in the downtown coffee house on Capitol Way. On-street parking is available on Legion, Capitol Way, Columbia Street, and Water Street.
After 6 p.m., there is parking available at Heritage Bank on Columbia Street between 5th and Legion.

Eleven species of bats reside in western Washington and several more on the arid side of the state. Gradual changes in habitat and the use of pesticides have reduced the prey base, and in the eastern U.S., white-nose syndrome has been the cause of large numbers of hibernating bats. This presentation will cover the different life history strategies for bats in western Washington as well as things we can be doing to slow or reverse the trend toward far fewer bats in our ecosystems.

The speaker this month is Greg Falxa from Cascadia Research Collective (Olympia, Washington). He looks forward to observations and questions from the attendance.

Science Café will be taking a break in December, but we’ll be back in January, 2011.

The Science  Café welcomes comments and suggestions on topics, speakers, and how we can improve our meetings. Also, please feel free to pass this notice on to like-minded friends.

Science Café of Olympia provides an informal atmosphere where people both with and without scientific background can meet to gain a better understanding of interesting topics in science and technology. After a brief presentation by an expert in the field, the meeting will be opened to discussions. Science Cafés are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.-based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science. The website is produced by the Science Unit of WGBH in Boston in association with Sigma Xi. Support for Science Café of Olympia is provided in part by the Puget Sound Chapter of The American Chemical Society.

The Science Café thanks Batdorf & Bronson and its staff for welcoming the Science Café into their delightful gathering spot.

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