The Maple Highlands Trail mixes Nature with recreation.
Our destination on this leisurely evening ride is the Tare Creek Covered Bridge, where we will conduct a bat count survey at dusk to see how many bats are using the boxes on the bridge.
As Big Brown Bats and Little Brown Bats are the species in Geauga County that take advantage of human-provided bat boxes, and both have been decimated by white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungal disease, it will be interesting to document if there are any individuals using the boxes on the bridge. We’ll use click-counters and click each time a bat is seen exiting a box – and needless to say, we will hope for the best.
What: Bats at the Bridge Bike Ride
When: Friday, July 22 – 8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Headwaters Park, The Maple Highlands Trail Parking Lot, 13365 Old State Road (Rt. 608), Huntsburg Township
This is a six-mile, round-trip ride between Headwaters Park and Tare Creek parkway with stops along the way. An electronic bat detector will also be on hand to help determine what species are flying.
Please note that this section of the bike trail is not paved; the surface is crushed aggregate and is mostly hard but may be rutted or muddy in places. A mountain or hybrid bike is recommended. Also, a bike or helmet light is recommended since we will be riding after sunset.
Registration is not required to join us. Activities will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or storms. This program is not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.
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