Lectures and Special Events
Bats: A World of Science and Mystery with Brock Fenton and Nancy Simmons
March 14, 2015
There are more than 1,300 species of bats—or almost a quarter of the world’s mammal species. But before you shrink in fear from these furry creatures, consider the bat’s fundamental role in our ecosystem. A single brown bat can eat several thousand insects in a night. Bats also pollinate and disperse the seeds for many of the plants we love, from bananas to mangoes and figs. Join Brock Fenton and Nancy Simmons as they discuss their new book and present these fascinating nocturnal creatures in a new light. A book signing will follow this lecture.
M. Brock Fenton is emeritus professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Western Ontario. Nancy B. Simmons is curator-in-charge of the Department of Mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History.
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