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July 29, 2008
CONTACT: Krystin Jarrell
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EMU professor to speak at 7th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Allen Kurta, internationally known bat expert, will speak at the 7th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival, Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Avenue, in Bloomfield Hills.

Kurta, a biology professor, has studied bats since 1978 and has assembled the largest database on bats of Michigan. He will discuss his new book, “Bats of Michigan,” which provides a wealth of knowledge and insight about the mammals.

The event is open to the public. For ticket information, call (800) 276-7074.

“Bats do things in the dark and people are afraid of what they can't see. If they can't see it, they have trouble comprehending it. Plus, there is just so much disinformation out there. The book is an attempt to provide the correct information in a way that is appealing an understandable to the general public (yet still useful to biologists),” said Kurta.

The festival opens at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, with live animal programs, educational exhibits, children activities and more.  A family barbeque with a performance from “Musical Mark,” is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Bat detection devices, research techniques and light tagging will be demonstrated from 9-11 p.m.

Nine additional speakers from various organizations also will present at the festival.

The Organization for Bat Conservation is hosting the festival, which is being sponsored by General Motors Corporation.

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