For the Love of Bats

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, October 6, 2022

Join Conserving Carolina for a free lecture entitled, “For the Love of Bats”,  presented by Tanya Poole, NC Wildlife Resources Commission Education Specialist, on Saturday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.


Join us to learn about the only flying mammal, bats!  Tanya will discuss some of the bat species found in western North Carolina, where they live, and why they are beneficial to have around.  She will also share the most recent research on White Nose Syndrome and the NCWRC’s bat conservation efforts.

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Tanya is a Southern Mountain Education Specialist and State Project WILD Coordinator.  She lives in Haywood County and has worked for WRC for 18 years.  She has a BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Environmental Education.


This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit Conserving Carolina’s website and “calendar” tab,


To get to Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center from the Tryon and Columbus area, take Hwy 108 E and turn left on Hwy 9 toward Lake Lure. Follow Hwy 9 N for 5 miles and turn right onto McGuinn Road (at the Exxon Station). Go 1 mile to the intersection with Big Level Road; turn left, go 0.2 miles and take the first right onto Aden Green Road. Follow Aden Green for 0.4 mile and turn left on Wood Thrush Lane and into Walnut Creek Preserve. Take the first left onto Conservatory Lane, which takes you to the parking area for the nature center; 179 Conservatory Lane, Mill Spring, NC.


The next program at Walnut Creek Preserve will be held on November 19, when Fred Weisbecker, will present, “What Lies Beneath – Animal Skulls in our Region and How to Identify Them.”


For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). 


Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and

understanding of the natural world. For more info visit,


Submitted by Pam Torlina