Cultural Perceptions – Looking Through the Lens in Which We View Bats Around the World with Sarah Dubois
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam St.
Ages: All ages
Sarah will be discussing bats from around the world, and how cultures perceive bats. We will discuss both past and present perceptions of bats, and how this has impacted bat populations around the world. Some past perception examples are the Wenatchee tribe, which see the little brown bat as an important player in their stories, the Chinese saw the bat as lucky and is featured prominently in artwork, and there are rock art paintings in Australia by the Aborigines of fruit bats. In some modern cultures fruit bats are a delicacy, and in Australia they are often viewed as a nuisance. These cultural views have led to a decline in the flying fox populations. How can we overcome these perceptions to help keep these species from going extinct?
Sarah Dubois is the founder and director of Washington Bat Conservation Group, a citizen science group with a mission to conduct research on Washington bats to help with ongoing conservation methods. They work with agencies and farmers to conduct surveys, with the help of state and federal bat biologists and their sister bat conservation groups in Western Washington.