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'The Bat Doctor' Speaks to 265 North Mac Girard Students about BATS just after Halloween!
On 11-4-10, Dr. Todd Austin (aka 'The Bat Doctor') taught 265 North Mac (Girard Elementary School) students about BATS! Austin, a Virden, IL Chiropractic Physician, has been an avid bat conservationist for exactly twenty years this month!
By: The Bat Doctor
On Thursday November 4, 2010, Dr. Todd Austin had the opportunity to teach 265 North Mac (Girard Elementary School) students about bats. Austin, a Virden Chiropractic Physician, has been an avid bat conservationist for exactly twenty years this month!
Austin, also known as ‘The Bat Doctor’, has been speaking about bats to audiences of all ages throughout IL for 15 years. Since that time, he has delivered a total of 60 presentations and has educated over 3,600 people about these mysterious flyers of the night.
Dr. Austin educated all Girard K through 5th graders on Thursday with one of his many Powerpoint slide presentations. Half of the slides are from Austin’s own personal volunteer work with bats over the years.
During the presentation, Austin covered:
* how he initially got interested in studying and doing conservation work with bats,
* some fascinating facts about vampire bats,
* why he refers to all 12 of our IL bat species as “Insect Eating Machines” and
* how fruit bats help the rainforests to survive.
‘The Bat Doctor’ finished up his presentation by using slides to introduce the children to many of the newest bat friends that he’s made over the past 2 years, including a few red bats, several brown bats and an Egyptian flying fox.
Austin donated two books "Zipping, Zapping Zooming Bats" and "Zoobooks: Bats" to the school library. Virden’s ‘Bat Doctor’ also left bat rings for all of the students.
Photo caption: Dr. Todd Austin (a.k.a. 'The Bat Doctor') educated 42 North Mac (Girard) 2nd grade students about bats on November 4th, 2010.
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Dr. Todd Austin, also known as 'The Bat Doctor', is an avid bat conservationist, who has been studying bats and their behavior for 2 decades. He's also been professionally speaking about bats since 1995, having educated 3,600 people since that time. Austin has also been featured in BATS magazine, an international publication (by BCI) on three occasions.