Take a Guided Bat Walk at Capitol Lake on Friday

By The Chronicle
Greg Falxa of Cascadia Research in Olympia will lead a bat walk at Capitol Lake in Olympia on Friday at 8:45 p.m.
“We gather along the Deschutes Parkway at sunset for a talk about bats and to see early-arriving bats,” said Falxa. “Then we walk along the lake, using bat detectors to hear the large number of bats arriving in the hour after sunset. Finally we return to a viewing spot where a video camera and a monitor permit us to see bats feeding above the lake.”
Note: The bat walk will be canceled if there is steady rain, because most bats stay at home if it rains.
Location of bat walks:
From Interstate 5 use exit 105 and follow the signs to State Capitol, not the signs to Port of Olympia. You will go under an overpass, and come to a light on Capitol Way.
Go right on Capitol Way and follow it north to 5th Avenue. Make a left onto 5th Avenue. The previous street will be Legion Way.
On 5th, stay in the left hand lane. You soon will be passing Capitol Lake and a park on your left.
Stay in the left hand lane, which curves to the left and becomes Deschutes Parkway. The righthand lane is a ramp up to a bridge, don’t take it.
The Deschutes Parkway is on the west side of Capitol Lake on the sidewalk halfway between Marathon Park to the south and the 5th Avenue Bridge to the north. Look for the crowd.
Website: www.batsaboutour
town.com

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