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Incredible Bats with Dan at the Rend Lake Visitor Center

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will be hosting Bat Naturalist Dan Peterson and his live bats on July 21st at 2:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM. During this program, Dan will give an interactive multimedia presentation about bats and an up close and personal view of an Egyptian Fruit Bat and an African Straw-Colored Fruit Bat. The presentation engages people of all ages by educating the audience about current bat topics while dispelling the myths surrounding these misunderstood creatures. Not only will participants see live bats, but also a live skunk!

Since 1996, Dan and his wife, Sharon, have been promoting bat education throughout the Midwest by sharing their experiences. This unique program is a show you don’t want to miss. As always, programs provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures on Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, July 28 the Environmental Science Series will continue with “Night Owls,” a program presented by Bev Shofstall of Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Bev will introduce a few of our favorite native owls and share their unique stories from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rend Lake Visitor Center. For more information about Rend Lake’s Environmental Science Series, please contact the Rend Lake Project Office & Visitor Center at 618-724-2493 or “like” our Facebook page at