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A Bat’s Life w/ Dr. Laura Kloepper

January 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join one of the nation’s leading bat experts as she sheds some light on the hidden, surprising, often misunderstood world of flying mammals!

Echolocation. Subterranean survival. Swarm management. Flight. Guano. It’s all in a day’s work for the magnificent, misunderstood bat!

During this one-hour online experience Dr. Laura Kloepper, founder of the Kloepper Laboratory of Bioacoustics and Animal Behavior, will take viewers on an exploration of one of the incredible aspects of bat life. Using lively presentations, pictures and materials straight from her work in massive bat caves, and definitely some jokes, A Bat’s Life will uncover the wonders of animal lives lived mostly in darkness.

During this inaugural edition of A Bat’s Life, we’ll be unpacking some of the greatest misconceptions about bats. Whatever you think you know about bats will get a reality check!


Laura Kloepper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she leads the Kloepper Laboratory of Bioacoustics and Animal Behavior. Her research focuses on acoustic sensory ecology: how animals use sound to explore their environment. Her principal research investigates how bats in massive swarms use their sonar and flight behavior to navigate in three dimensions. She uses fun technology including drones and falconry in her research, and spends a large portion of her summers at bat caves, knee-deep in guano, with hundreds of thousands of bats flying overhead.


Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

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