Yolo Basin Foundation seeking volunteers for virtual bat program

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Yolo Basin Foundation Press Release Yolo Basin Foundation is seeking volunteers to help out with the “Bat Talk and Walk” programs from June through September. This year, the program is in a hybrid format with a virtual bat talk followed by a visit to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch the 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from under the Yolo Causeway at sunset. There are various volunteer positions available. A moderator receives questions from the public during a virtual Zoom-based bat talk through the chat feature. At the end of the talk, the moderator relays the questions to the staff bat expert leading the talk. The moderator also assists participants with any technical issues and difficulties. These are hour-and-a-half volunteer shifts. The bat-walk assistants help with set-up, greet guests at their cars, open and close gates in a lead car or tail car and answer questions. Program assistants will assist with one or more of the following during the program as well: selling T-shirts, crowd control, answering questions and showing live rescued bats that are on display in enclosures. Two assistants are needed at each walk, and these are two-hour shifts. There also is an option to be a driver and a program assistant. As a driver, the volunteer is the tail car to ensure all guests are staying within the caravan group and to lock gates behind the group. Route checkers drive the various routes in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area about two hours before a bat walk to check accessibility and safety and inform program staff which route can be used with participants when caravanning out to the bat fly-out. This volunteer also checks that the ground markings that mark where pods of people may stand are visible, and if not, repaints them. To apply to volunteer, visit yolobasin.org/volunteer and then sign up for one of the following volunteer trainings: * Program assistant training, part one (online) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, and part two (in-person in the field), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1; * Moderator training (online) from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3; and * Route checker training (in-person, in the field) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3.

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