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Bat program coming to Chadron State Park

Children Watching Bats at Chadron State Park
Attendees of a 2016 Creatures of the Night Program at Chadron State Park watch flying bats under the guidance of Amanda Filipi, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission education specialist. As part of the program, Filipi demonstrated how to use an iPad to listen to, record, and identify bats. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

CHADRON, Neb. — The public is invited to learn about bats during a program at Chadron State Park this week. Participants will meet at the park’s lagoon shelter Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m.

Specialists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln will present the program about the often-misunderstood flying mammals.

Program attendees are expected to get a close look at bats. UNL researchers are in the region this week collecting data, and will be capturing bats during Friday’s program if weather permits.

The program is open to the public free of charge but a park entry permit is required for vehicles.

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About justin haag

Justin Haag serves the Panhandle as a public information officer for the Commission, also serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and enjoy introducing their two children to the many outdoor recreational opportunities of the Pine Ridge region.

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