Critter Catchers and the American Association of University Women Promote Social Understanding of Bats

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Critter Catchers and the
American Association of University Women Birmingham Branch (AAUW) are exposing
Detroit Metro Area students to exciting science presentations while promoting
a better understanding of the importance of bats in the ecosystem. On April
1, 2009, the AAUW Birmingham branch is sponsoring a program entitled
“Explorathon – Expanding Horizons for Girls in Science and Mathematics”. A
portion of the program includes presentations from educators at the
Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC). This experience will allow aspiring
biologists and bat enthusiasts to have the opportunity to get up close and
personal with a variety of bats from around the world. The goal is to dispel
myths, calm fears and inspire the audience about science.

The “Bats of the World” presentation will take place at Detroit Country
Day School and is being funded by a bat education grant from Critter Catchers,
Inc. The grant was established in 2008, and is being utilized by local
schools to bring outside educators into the classroom and to help diversify
their curriculum.

“Many young women have a passion for the biological sciences, and OBC’s
live bat programs provide a unique opportunity to promote a better
understanding of this important mammal,” said David Kugler, president, Critter
Catchers, Inc. “While it’s well-known that bats present a risk when they’re
flying inside our homes, what’s less understood is how vital they are to our
ecosystem. Michigan’s Brown Bats are tremendous insect eaters, and are one of
the only predators for night flying insects. By maintaining bat populations
we provide a natural way to reduce our reliance on pesticides.” Further
information about Michigan bat species and humane bat removal practices can be
found at:

About Critter Catchers, Inc.

Michigan based Critter Catchers, Inc. was founded in 2005 by David Kugler,
an Oakland University graduate holding a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and
a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Wayne State University.
The company provides animal removal services in SE Michigan and specializes in
humane bat removal. Visit the Critter Catchers website:

About American Association of University Women (AAUW) — Birmingham Branch
The focus of the AAUW is improving opportunities for women and girls through
grants, study groups, and political action. Membership is open to graduates of
regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities. The
Birmingham Branch has promoted equity for girls in science.

About The Organization for Bat Conservation

The Organization for Bat Conservation is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the protection of bats and their habit through educational
programs and collaborative conservation efforts. The Organization has the
largest grass-roots bat conservation educational project in the United States.
Each year, over 250,000 people attend a live bat program or visit the Bat Zone
at Cranbrook Institute of Science.



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