Ted Weller holds a bat. He has studied bats for over 20 years. (Courtesy of Ted Weller)
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The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series continues March 13 with a free lecture titled “Bats of California,” to be presented by Ted Weller.

The lecture will be held in the zoo’s Flamingo Room at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by an informal reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The hoary bat is one of the most fascinating and handsome bats in North America. These bats roost solitarily in trees throughout the year and are known to migrate long distances across the continent. However, they congregate in large numbers during autumn in redwood forests of northwest California. This discovery has provided the opportunity to learn about and re-evaluate many of the assumptions about hoary bat ecology and behavior.

Based primarily at a field site in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weller has used the latest miniature technologies and a crew of student volunteers to make new discoveries about hoary bats that are helping to shape understanding of bats as a group.

Weller is an ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Laboratory in Arcata. He earned his master’s degree in the Wildlife Department at Humboldt State University and has studied bats in the region for over 20 years. He has published papers on multiple species of bats across the western U.S. His current work focuses on the migration and overwintering strategies of bats: areas in which various species of bats are imperiled. In particular, the threats faced by bats from wind energy development and a fungal disease. His work has taken him throughout the western U.S., Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Paraguay to learn about bats.

The Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka. The mission of Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife. As an AZA-accredited facility, the zoo incorporates wildlife conservation as an essential part of its mission.

 

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