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Caves and Bats and…Moving Trucks??
Midwest Region, April 21, 2012
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Missouri Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Bill Bryan signs the Missouri U-Haul.  Bryan, David Kelly, and Maria Potter of the MODNR, and Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation, were given special recognition by U-Haul Supergraphics for their efforts and support of the first Missouri Bat Festival.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Bill Bryan signs the Missouri U-Haul. Bryan, David Kelly, and Maria Potter of the MODNR, and Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation, were given special recognition by U-Haul Supergraphics for their efforts and support of the first Missouri Bat Festival. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation, holds
Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation, holds "Camilla" the flying fox as part of Missouri Batfest. Mies provided the audience with information on bats and the threats to their conservation. - Photo Credit: USFWS

In April, Onondaga Cave State Park hosted the first annual Missouri Bat Festival. The festival was prompted by the recent release of the new bat-themed U-Haul moving truck featuring Missouri, Onondaga Cave State Park, and a red bat (Lasiurus borealis). Onondaga Cave State Park offered free cave tours, live bat demonstrations by Rob Mies with the Organization for Bat Conservation, kids’ activities, vendors, and informational booths on bat ecology, white-nose syndrome, caving and cave mapping. The event was well attended by members of the public who watched the official unveiling of the Missouri U-Haul. Shauna Marquardt and Paul McKenzie represented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the event and had the opportunity to visit with attendees about Missouri bats and answer questions about white-nose syndrome.


Contact Info: Shauna Marquardt, 573-234-2132 x174, shauna_marquardt@fws.gov



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