Bat seminar debuts at open space

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Just in time for Halloween there’s a class to teach people in Albuquerque all about bats.

A lesson called, “Bat Creatures of the Night” will be presented Sunday night at the Bachechi open space on the northwest side of Albuquerque, near Rio Grande and Alameda.

There are 900 species of bats in the world, and New Mexico has 28 of them. Scientists say that these creatures of the night also play a very important role in our world.

“They’re pollinators, their guano – bat feces is used for fertilizers. They’re altogether interesting animals, important to the environment. One thing we’re learning is status of bats in New Mexico and human interaction and how we can be bat friendly essentially” said Colleen McRoberts with the Bernalillo County Open Space.

Bats also eat half of their body weight in insects every night, helping to control the bug population.

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