September 27, 2019 6:00pm January 10, 2020 4:30 pm 

Due to popular demand, the Friends of Fort Cooper will feature a special program “North American Bats: Can We Save Them?”” and observation of Florida’s bats at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness. Fort Cooper has a huge bat house that now has thousands of inhabitants. Seating in the Social Hall is limited. Must RSVP one week prior to date of event by emailing  Eileen Riccio at  . There is a $3 per car state park entrance fee. The presentation is free.   

The presentation will feature Shari Blisett-Clark. Ms. Bisett-Clark is a long time member of the Florida Bat Conservancy, Bat Conservation International, the Xerces Society, the Florida Native Plant Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Bat Conservancy and Bat Belfrys.  Ms. Bisett-Clark’s education includes wildlife biology and habitat conservation and she has worked in both the public and private conservation sectors for decades.  In 2010 she formed Bat Belfrys, a privately-funded conservation organization dedicated to conserving Florida’s bats primarily through public outreach and education.

Following her presentation, attendees will take a short walk to Fort Cooper’s Bat House to witness the swarm of bats exiting the House at sundown. It’s truly a remarkable sight! It is advised that walkers wear sneakers or close-toed shoes.

Florida's bats are the primary predators of night-flying insects, consuming millions of bugs each night.  Even a small colony of just 100 bats can eat up to 200,000 insects in a single night or 65 million insect pests each year!  Pesticide-free, cost-free insect control! 

Ms. Bisett-Clark and her partner, John Clark, travel throughout Florida representing bats at festivals and public events, promoting their value to the environment and mankind.  In addition, they build and install bat houses, with all proceeds directly benefiting bat conservation initiatives in Florida. A Bat House Building Workshops are scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Cooper State Park. Reservations can be made with Ms. Bisett-Clark or by calling  321-890-6154.    

Learn what you can do to help Florida's bats by visiting the Florida Bat Conservancy's website: