CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Conservation Society has announced a pair of Beatton Bat Walks this year.

Teaming up with the BC Parks Student Ranger team, participants will get the opportunity to go on a guided walk through Beatton Park on August 6th and 7th.

The event goes from 8:30 to 9:45 p.m., starting in the lower parking lot at Beatton Park.

Using an Echo Meter and night-vision goggles to spot bats, participants will get a close-up look at bats flying through the night sky.

According to Bruce Kosugi of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, the most prominent species of bat likely to appear is the brown bat, but as many as eight species may inhabit the area.

“The bats that we’ll see are the little brown bats. Their wingspan is about 10 inches, so they’re not very big,” said Kosugi.

Following a short presentation, guides will lead participants through the pathways, finishing near the water.

The walk will take around half an hour and participants are recommended to wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

For more information, visit the Charlie Lake Conservation Society Facebook page.