Monday, May 04, 2015

Portage Library to host program on Michigan Bats and Invasive Insect Species May 6

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host a two-part discussion and slide show about the effects of White-Nose Syndrome on Michigan bats and about invasive insect species that affect trees at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Jennifer Kimball will give this presentation as part of her Capstone Research Project with the University of Wisconsin.

The first part of her presentation will focus on Michigan bats and how they are faring in the fight against White Nose Syndrome. Her discussion will include the history, spread, and prognosis for the disease. White Nose Syndrome has been decimating hibernating bats since 2006 with local mortality near 100 percent in two years for some species. She will also share findings on possible treatments for the disease, including creating artificial bat caves.

The second part of her presentation will take a look at the Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, and Oak Wilt. Kimball will give a history of the invasive insects, discuss the kinds of trees they affect and describe preventative measures that are being tried to prevent the spread of disease among trees.

This program is geared towards high school students and adults, but children who are interested in learning about bats and invasive insects are encouraged to attend.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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