Come Net Bats With The Arizona Game & Fish Department

 Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona Game and Fish Department

PHOENIX, AZ – -( The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a chance to accompany biologists on an evening of bat netting along the Verde River, north of Scottsdale, on Friday, July 8, 7-10 2016 p.m.

Arizona is home to 28 species of bats, many of which live and forage right in our own back yards. This event is your chance to see these fascinating and often misunderstood creatures in person.

“We’ve had good luck netting bats along the Verde,” said Randy Babb, watchable wildlife program manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

“We typically capture four to five species and sometimes get something unusual, which can be really exciting. Captured bats will be identified, examined, and released unharmed.”

In addition to bats, Babb said other species that might be encountered include rattlesnakes and other reptiles, along with owls and various rodents.

“It’s a really nice way to spend a warm summer evening,” said Babb.

There is a registration fee of $25 for each person. Participation is limited to 30 people. Children must be over 10 years of age to participate.

To register or for more information, contact Joe Yarchin at (623) 236-7589 or email [email protected]

The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AZGFD’s programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the Director’s Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000, or with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Attn: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS:WSFR, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation or this document in an alternative format by contacting the Director’s Office as listed above.