Radford University faculty and students will be among the experts to lend a load full of nature knowledge this summer during Wildwood Park’s Outdoor Classroom Lecture Series.
The Radford City park for years has been host to the program, which features presentations by local naturalists, photographers and educators.
The series will take place every other Thursday, beginning June 26.
Karen Powers, RU associate professor of biology, will kick off the series with a hands-on, conversational presentation about bats. Powers will dispel some of the common myths about the winged creatures, talk about the recent crisis that Virginia cave bats are facing and educate the public about what they can do to help. Specimens of taxidermied bats will be on display, and Powers will also demonstrate some of the capture (nets) and detection techniques (echolocation recorders) common in the field of bat biology.
"The Wildwood Park Summer Lecture series is a great way to get the public educated about and interested in a wide variety of natural history topics," Powers said. "It's a great opportunity for the faculty of Radford University to extend their knowledge outside of the typical classroom and interact with a broader audience."
Other RU presenters include: S. Jane Fisher, RU alumna and volunteer with the Museum of the Earth Sciences; Robert (Bob) Whisonant, Geology Department; Matt Close, Biology Department; and Matti Hamed, an RU biology major, will cover topics such as bats, amphibians and geology.