Go For Either Baskets Or Bats In Birdsboro

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.

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.

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