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April 24 - Bats of Connecticut.

Join The Parrot Club on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm ET for a talk by Dr. Devaughn Fraser about the Bats of Connecticut. While not birds, these extraordinary flying mammals occupy the same airspace as our feathered friends in CT. This diverse and charismatic group of mammals play critical roles in ecosystems and provide invaluable services for humans in the form of pest control, pollination, seed dispersal, and nutrient transport. Largely misunderstood, bats face a variety of conservation challenges, including disease, wind farm development, habitat loss, and persecution. Dr. Fraser will introduce the 9 species of bat we have here in Connecticut, and discuss the methods we are using to monitor and protect these valuable members of our community.

Dr. Fraser received her doctorate in biology from UCLA, where she used advanced genetic techniques to evaluate impacts of infrastructure development and environmental toxicants on wildlife. Prior to joining DEEP, she worked at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify the genetic basis oaf resistance to white nose syndrome in bats, in addition to landscape genetic studies of several other bat species. She first started working with bats as a field technician in 2009, and has been dedicated to their conservation ever since.

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The Parrot Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by a group of people interested in spreading the fun and enjoyment of exotic birds. The Parrot Club meets mostly online over Zoom, so we welcome people from around the world to join us! We do have occasional social events in person. Most meetings are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel, though some are available to members only. Check out our past programs.

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Our mission includes enhancing the knowledge and enjoyment of exotic birds for our members, encouraging preservation and conservation of all avian species, and introducing the general public to the joys and responsibilities of keeping and caring for companion birds..

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