Summer Series

Sherwood Forest Sculpture Hike

The Sherwood Forest Sculpture Walk is located on a 140 acre knob located in Syringa Heights, a small community within Sandpoint, Idaho. The owners, Mark and Susie Kubiak, opened their land to the community in 2013 when they created a conservation easement with Kaniksu Land Trust. The easement preserves the property in its natural state while allowing for forest management and non-motorized recreation. In partnership with Sandpoint’s bike club, this parcel of land is a favorite among hikers and mountain bikers because of its matrix of trails and “hidden” art sculptures that Mark Kubiak, a gifted sculptor, began creating not that long ago.

Mark’s first piece of art “The Leg” was carved out of cherry wood and placed in an innocuous location on the property so the unsuspecting visitor might not realize that they have passed it by. Once your eyes are accustomed to seeking out these massive sculptures the fun continues further up the trail where the visitor will encounter a bust made from English walnut and even further up the path is one of Kubiak’s most prized carvings; a painted clay bust of Vincent Van Gogh.

The Sculpture walk eventually moves to the western portion of the property where Kubiak has sprinkled the landscape with images of people and ideas that have inspired him over the years.

Join us for this very special walk. Make sure to wear proper hiking shoes as we will be winding around dirt paths and walking in changing elevations. Please bring water and any items necessary to keep you comfortable during this 2 hour adventure. This event is limited to 20 participants so register early.

For further information please contact the Kaniksu Land Trust office at 208.263.9471

Exploring the world of Bats

PART 3 OF THE KLT SUMMER SERIES PRESENTS: EXPLORING THE WORLD OF BATS

You are invited this August for an evening of Bat exploration at the University of Idaho property in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho. Join our team of biologists capturing and identifying our local bat species under a starlite night. This memorable event is for kids young and old and will be a highlight of your 2016 summer.

Did you know:

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. With extremely elongated fingers and a wing membrane stretched between, the bat’s wing anatomically resembles the human hand. Almost 1,000 bat species can be found worldwide. In fact, bats make up a quarter of all mammal species on earth!

Seventy percent of bats consume insects, sharing a large part of natural pest control. There are also fruit-eating bats; nectar-eating bats; carnivorous bats that prey on small mammals, birds, lizards and frogs; fish-eating bats, and perhaps most famously, the blood-sucking vampire bats of South America.

While some bat populations number in the millions, others are dangerously low or in decline.

Did You Know?

A single little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour, and is one of the world’s longest-lived mammals for its size, with life spans of almost 40 years.

Bats can be found almost anywhere in the world except the polar regions and extreme deserts.

Echolocation
Some bats have evolved a highly sophisticated sense of hearing. They emit sounds that bounce off of objects in their path, sending echoes back to the bats. From these echoes, the bats can determine the size of objects, how far away they are, how fast they are traveling and even their texture, all in a split second

Bats find shelter in caves, crevices, tree cavities and buildings. Some species are solitary while others form colonies of more than a million individuals.

Did You Know?

Giant flying foxes that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet!

Overwintering
To survive the winter some species of bat migrate, others hibernate, and yet others go into torpor (regulated hypothermia that can last from a few hours to a few months).

Gestation: 40 days – 6 months (bigger bats have longer gestation periods)
Litter Size: Mostly one pup
For their size, bats are the slowest reproducing mammals on Earth. At birth, a pup weighs up to 25 percent of its mother’s body weight, which is like a human mother giving birth to a 31 pound baby! Offspring typically are cared for in maternity colonies, where females congregate to bear and raise the young. Male bats do not help to raise the pups

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