Thousands of years (and miles) removed from its North American ancestor, the Hawaiian hoary bat is one of only two endemic mammals and the only native land mammal in the Islands. Listed as an endangered subspecies, it has its own fan website. On Monday, October 1 at 7pm at the Lyman Museum, USGS wildlife ecologist Dr. Frank Bonaccorso brings these tiny creatures out of the darkness and into the light, exploring the life and habits of `ōpe`ape`a. We’ll hear about their food habits, distribution in Hawai`i, migration, and reproduction, and how the bat may first have reached Hawai`i from North America. Weather permitting, after the program we’ll walk with Frank to Hilo High School’s football/track field to observe bats visually and with ultrasound detectors.
Admission is $3; free for Museum members. Seating is limited to 65 persons. No tickets for presale; first come, first seated. Additional parking available at Hilo Union School. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum, located at 276 Haili Street in Hilo, is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am—4:30 pm. For additional information, call 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.