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Seeing Bats in Orange County

by Trude Hurd & Stephanie Remington


 

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Look for bats on warm, still summer nights.
. Look near  ponds and lakes  or along streams, rivers and canals.
Look in leafy parks and gardens, especially those with water nearby.
Look around lights at ballparks and outdoor arenas. 
Bats are not drawn to lights, but to the insects that the lights attract.
   
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Look for bats in these Orange County Areas:
Remember that most public parks close at sunset; summer hours may be longer.  Confirm the park's hours before you visit.
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Caspers Wilderness Park
For information about occasional bat programs, call 949-923-2210.
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Crystal Cove State Park, between Corona del Mar & Laguna Beach.
(Bats have been sighted in Deer Canyon Campground which is in the backcountry area of the park and is not easily accessible.  For information about occasional bat programs, phone Winter Bonnin at 949-497-7647.
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Doheny State Beach (south of Dana Point).
Look near the campground, palm trees, and under the bridge over the creek.
For information about occasional bat programs, call Ranger Brad Barker at 949-496-5290 ext. 4#
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Irvine Regional Park near Chapman & Jamboree in Orange.
For information, call 714-633-8072.
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Laguna Niguel Regional Park.
Look around the lakes & buildings.  For information, call 949-831-2791.
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Mason Regional Park near  University & Culver in Irvine.
Look around the lakes.
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National Audubon Society's Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon. (This area is not open to the public except during special public events. )  For information about occasional bat programs, phone Starr Ranch at  949-858-0309.
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North Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
For information about occasional bat programs, call the Nature Conservancy at 714-832-7478. 
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The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, accessed from Ortega Hwy.
(This area is not open to the public except during special public events. )
For information about occasional bat programs, call Laura Coley Eisenberg at 949-489-9778.

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Riley Wilderness Park.
For information about occasional bat programs, call  Donna Krucki at 949-459-1687.
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Silverado Canyon & Trabuco Canyon 
in the Santa Ana Mts.
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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, near Michelson & Jamboree. For information about Summer Bat  Programs, click here or phone the chapter office at 949-261-7963.
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Upper Newport Bay
For information about occasional bat programs, call  Sue McIntire at 949-923-2293.
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Yorba Regional Park near La Palma & Imperial Highway in Yorba Linda.
Look in the natural area and at the lakes.

 

CAUTION:  DO NOT TOUCH or PICK UP BATS ON THE GROUND;
THEY MAY BE SICK!

 
For more information on Bats, check out these webpages:
       


Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963

http://www.seaandsageaudubon.org