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Bat ‘adoption’ raises funds for Porter County Ikes

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on December 18, 2019 with No Comments

Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is giving Mother Nature and Santa a helping hand this year with its Bat Adoption Program.  The Ikes launched the program in October during Bat Week to bring bat conservation awareness to the youth of Northwest Indiana.

The Bat Adoption Program sends the gift recipient a palm-sized plush bat with special adoption papers and care instructions for being a friend to backyard bats as well. Also, an e-newsletter, Chiroptera Monthly, is sent to the new bat-keeper by email. The program is available at PCC’s website, NWIconservation.org. This is for a $10 donation plus $4 for shipping and processing.   Adopters and their families will be invited to an exclusive Bat Night Hike this coming summer with Porter County Chapter.

“Those little plush bats are so cute that our target audience of children quickly morphed into ‘children of all ages’ who were interested in bat ecology. The monthly e-newsletter is full of things adults will appreciate about PCC’s work and that of other bat scientists around the world. It also has interactive games and pages for kids to learn about bats too. That little plushy makes a soft and educational stocking stuffer,” said PCC Executive Director Annette Hansen. “We’re so thankful to a Thrivent grant that provided seed money to allow this adoption program to start.”

Proceeds from the bat adoptions will benefit the chapter’s not-for-profit continuation of bat studies and youth conservation education of bats in Northwest Indiana.

The public can also learn more about preserving bats at www.nabatmonitoring.org. Like and follow Ike’s Porter County Chapter on Facebook@PCCIWLA or email Hansen for more details on youth conservation education provided by the chapter; executivedirectoriwlapcc@gmail.com.

 

 

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