Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail hosts Colorado bat expert |

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail hosts Colorado bat expert

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VAIL — Why do bats hang upside down? Do they migrate or hibernate? How do these elusive creatures of the night benefit us?

To better understand these amazing flying mammals, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting an Intimate Evening at the Gardens with a foremost expert on bats in Colorado, Rob Schorr, on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The price is $20 and includes light appetizers, beer and wine. Supporting members of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens receive a 10 percent discount. Reservations can be made on the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens website at or by calling 970-376-1389, ext. 3.

Schorr is a zoologist for Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from University of California, Davis, and got his master's degree in wildlife biology from University of Georgia. He has been studying rare animals and plants in Colorado now for over 20 years and has studied a host of animals, including boreal toads, long-nosed leopard lizards, hops blue butterflies, kangaroo rats and, of course, bats.

Colorado National Heritage Program tracks and ranks the state's rare and imperiled species and habitat. The project provides scientific information and expertise to promote the conservation of Colorado's wealth of biological resources.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is situated on 5 acres in Vail's Ford Park and offers environmental educational and enrichment programs throughout the year.

If you go …

What: Intimate Evening at the Gardens with bat expert Rob Schorr.

Where: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail.

When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $20, includes appetizers, beer and wine.

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