It is BAT TIME in Tennessee! The UT Arboretum Society will present an educational program about bats on Friday, October 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the UT Arboretum Auditorium in Oak Ridge.
An expert on bats and their environments, Pandy Upchurch, Assistant Chief of Biological Diversity with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, will talk about “Living with Tennessee Bats.” She will address the many advantages bats provide the environment and how people and bats can co-exist. As an interesting case study, she will discuss the problem Oak Ridge High School had with a bat infestation this past summer.
This very popular program is free but seating is limited, so people must RSVP in advance here or 865-483-7277. Please make sure to RSVP with the total number in your party and include your contact information.
Andrea (Pandy) Upchurch holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master’s degree in Biology from Austin Peay State University. She has been an interpretive naturalist for 35 years at such places as the Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area and the Warner Parks Nature Center. She is now TWRA’s Assistant Chief of Biodiversity and Endangered Species Coordinator.
Celebrating 54 years in 2019, this program is one of many activities offered by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.