MARCH 12, 2012 -- The World Bird Sanctuary is offering a unique event on Saturday, April 7, 2012. On this "'Bat'urday," the sanctuary will celebrate one of the most misunderstood creatures, the bat, while offering a free community recyling day.
The event, open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the environmental and economic importance of bats, the threats they face, and what you can do to help bats survive. Families can meet the sanctuary's resident Straw-colored Fruit Bats, watch a bat trainer give them enrichment, and participate in bat-related fun kids activities. Bat house plans will be given away, so visitors can got home and build a bat house.
In an effort to save bat and bird habitat and keep items out of landfills, "'Bat'urday" also features community recycling. For free recycling, just bring your recyclables and a small item from World Bird Sanctuary's wish list (latex gloves, 30-gallon trash bags, for example).
Items that can be recycled include: computers, network equipment, medical and lab equipment, telecommunications equipment, AV equipment, electronics, battery-operated items, LCD displays, LCD display laptops, drives (CD, CDRW, DVD, hard, disk, zip), scanners, printers, speakers, battery back-ups, batteries, adding and answering machines, phones (cell, cord/cordless), pagers, pocket PCs, cartridges, PC and digital cameras, batteries, power cords, cables and wire, appliances, and all scrap metal.
World Bird Sanctuary is located at 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, Mo., 63088. For more information call 636-225-4390.
Photo courtesy of World Bird Sanctuary.