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Learn how bats can battle mosquitoes

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Remember this summer's mosquito infestation?  How about the hatching after the heavy rains and flooding in September?
Learn how to battle the blodsucking invasion at two presentations on creating havens for bats.
   Ranger Pam Darty of the U.S. Fish Service at Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge will give a  presentation on Florida Bats and Bat Houses at the Ellie Schiller Education Center in the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (WGP) at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, Friday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m..  Admission is free.
   If you hate mosquitoes, you’ll love this program.  Mosquitoes are the bat’s primary food.  You can fight back by attracting bats with bat houses. Darty will discuss the five different designs of bat houses used by the Refuge.
  Bring a bag lunch for the fellowship following the presentation.
After lunch, the Master Gardeners of Levy County will conduct a walking tour around the Salt Water Pond and point out the flora and fauna that is abundant in the area.
The first 20 people in the door will receive either The World of Pollinators poster or an International Migratory Bird Day poster.  For more information call 352-447-5439 or send an email to friendswgp@bellsouth.net.
On Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, Darty and Emma Willcox, UF/IFAS Wildlife/Natural Resource Agent, will present "Creating Backyard Habitat for Bats & Birds."
   The event will be held at Levy County Extension office, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.
The duo will discuss and demonstrate providing cover for roosting bats and various nesting boxes for North Florida migratory and resident bird communities.
Light refreshments will be served. The event is free but space is limited. Please pre-register by calling Barbara Edmonds, 486-5131, extension 267 or e-mail savemygarden@gmail.com.
   The course is sponsored by Nature Coast Master Gardeners and Southwest Florida Water Management District.