BIRDSBORO PA – If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a basket, or discover more about bats and their environment, the Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Rd., is hosting two separate workshops during August and September in which participants can make a basket or a bat house to take home.
Vicky Heffner, education curator at the Berks History Center in Reading, will lead a workshop Aug. 28 (2016; Sunday) from noon to 4 p.m. to make a one-pie basket.
The basket is square and shallow, with a wooden base and solid handle. The cost of the workshop is $40, which includes all materials. Heffner has been making baskets for more than 20 years. She asks those who attend to bring an old pair of scissors, a flathead screwdriver, 10 spring clothes pins, a bucket, and a towel.
Jayme Schaeffer, a practicing wildlife biologist for 11 years, will discuss various species of bats on Sept. 18 (Sunday) starting at 1 p.m.
He will outline differences between cave-hibernating bats and migrating bats, as well as share some of his experiences about field sampling and monitoring bats. Since the onset of white-nose syndrome in 2006, cave-hibernating bat populations have decreased by as much as 95 percent in some areas. The workshop costs $40, during which the participants will build their own bat house, learn where to hang it, and which bats will use the house.
- Both of these events have been added to The Post calendar.
Advance registration and payment are required for either workshop. Call the homestead at 610-582-4900 for more information or to register. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead to help with events and educational programming.