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See bats up close Friday at Hassayampa Preserve

M. Oehler/Courtesy photo<br> Visitors check out a bat at last year’s Bat Night.

M. Oehler/Courtesy photo<br> Visitors check out a bat at last year’s Bat Night.

Join former Arizona Game and Fish bat biologist Nancy Renison for a fascinating and educational exploration of the world of bats Friday at The Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve.

The event runs from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.

See live bats up close as you explore fact and fiction about the world's only flying mammal.

"This is an exciting program for students and adults," Renison said. "We'll use the Anabat detector and set up capture nets. We're likely to see several species of bats, including mouse-eared, western pipistrelle, the smallest bat in North America, and maybe even the elusive yellow bat that roosts in palm trees."

Participants should bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 928-684-2772 or send an

email to to make reservations or for more information.

Admission is $5 per person or $3 for Conservancy members. Kids 12 and younger, Friends of the Hassayampa members and volunteers are free.

The preserve's web site is

The 730-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is located along Highway 60, 3 miles southeast of Wickenburg at milepost 114. It was created in 1987 to protect a rare desert cottonwood/willow streamside habitat that attracts more than 280 species of birds annually and supports diverse plant and animal communities.

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