Many myths are out regarding bats. But, are all bats really blood-sucking mammals? Are they really after humans? Join us at the EWBC as these and many other myths are discussed and dispelled in this month’s segment of Friday Night with a Naturalist! In this program, participants will learn about the different bat species present in the Rio Grande Valley, the biology of bats, and how beneficial bats really are to our area.

Jesus Franco, Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist situated at Bentsen State Park, will be discussing bats and their importance. Franco has conducted bat surveys in the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley and his work helped locate the endangered Southern Yellow Bat in the Brownsville area. He regularly conducts workshops for kids and adults throughout the valley about the importance of bats and works to dispel many of the myths associated with these nocturnal flying mammals.

This presentation is part of the Edinburg Wetlands’ family-friendly and free “Friday Night with a Naturalist” speaker series. The talk will happen this Friday, April 15, from 6:00-7:00 pm. Doors are open at 5:30 pm.

The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg, Texas. For more information on this and other programs, call 956-381-9922 or visit us on the web at