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. Monday at 7 p.m., USGS wildlife ecologist Dr. Frank Bonaccorso brings these tiny creatures out of the darkness and into the light, exploring the life and habits of `?pe`ape`a. He’ll discuss 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 those who wish may walk with Frank to Hilo High School’s football/track field to observe bats visually and with ultrasound detectors
No reservations are needed. A $3 donation is requested, with members at no charge.