Bat expert to speak at Elma library

Greg Falxa of Cascadia Research, an expert on the bats of the Northwest, will be at the Elma Timberland Library on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. to talk about bats in our region.

Falxa will reveal some of the mysteries, discuss the facts and expose some of the myths surrounding bats. He’ll also show slides and exhibits, take audience questions and pose a few questions of his own.

Falxa has studied regional bat populations since 2001. Granted unique access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, he tracks the base’s threatened colonies and works on roosting structures. In Olympia, Falxa has led bat walks around Capitol Lake where thousands of bats spend up to six hours feeding on insects each summer night. Because no one knows where most of our bats spend the winter, for the last several years he’s been studying where the regional species go.

A radio communications field engineer, Falxa has been a radio tracking expert for Cascadia Research for more than 25 years. He also spent four five-month seasons over a period of three years in Antarctica.

The Elma Timberland Library is located at 118 N First Street, Elma. For more information, please contact the library at (360) 482-3737 or go to