Often misunderstood, bats are among the most compelling and unique Maine mammals. They are also among the most unusual mammals, playing an essential role in the ecology of Earth and saving U.S. agriculture billions of dollars each year. Come learn more at the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

With more than 100 slides and a lively presentation, presenter Annie Kassler will open participants' eyes to the truth about bats and why they should care about them. She will also debunk persistent myths, demonstrate how to remove a stray bat from your house and provide the latest update on White Nose Syndrome, a disease which is devastating bat populations across North America. “I became fascinated with bats years ago,” Kassler said, “and once I learned a little bit, I wanted to learn everything. And then I wanted to tell everyone. It turns out that bats are amazing.”

Kassler is a speaker with Conservation International and the Bat World Sanctuary. She has developed connections with bat scientists and enthusiasts throughout Maine and the United States.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library. For more information visit georgesriver.org or call 594-5166. This event is also part of the Georges River Land Trust’s series of free and educational Walks and Talks.