Bat Girl Visits Salmon Creek


Learn Why Bats are Our Friends at WSU Vancouver.

Bats have a bad reputation…many people think all bats carry rabies, bats are pests, bats will attack people and suck your blood, and, if bitten by a bat, you will turn into a vampire! While bats are unusual animals, they are also very useful, known as “nature’s bug zappers”!

While the season often calls for depicting bats as blood-sucking, vicious creatures, now families have an opportunity to see live bats up close and learn why these animals are largely misunderstood. “Come see Associate Professor Christine Portfors’ annual Bat Talk for children and families on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Portfors gives a presentation on the commonly held misperceptions of bats. She will dispel popular folklore and teach about the beneficial roles bats play in the ecosystem, such as managing insect populations, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. Live bats from Portfor’s lab will be available for viewing.”

“Many people want to get rid of bats and consequently, certain species are becoming endangered” said Portfors. “These animals need to be understood in order to protect them. My role as a scientist is to help educate the public about their importance. Kids especially have a lot of fun coming to see the live bats.”

For more information, visit WSU Vancouver online or email Christine Portfors, [email protected]. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Avenue off the 134th Street exit form either I-5 or I-205. Parking is free on weekends. ~Washington State University Vancouver

Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver 2011

Honoring Our Veterans.

The 25th Annual Veterans Day Parade at Fort Vancouver will take place Saturday, November 5, 2011 starting at 11 am, rain or shine. This year will also commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

“For 25 years, Vancouver has honored veterans with this annual parade which begins at the east end of Officers Row at E. Reserve Street. The parade attracts more than 100 entries with approximately 2,500 individuals marching or riding in the parade. The public is encouraged to support veterans and troops while viewing one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned veterans parades on the West coast.” ~Fort Vancouver National Trust

Unlike previous years, this year’s parade route will stay entirely on the Fort Vancouver National Site, so you might want to check out the Parade Route before you claim your viewing spot! The parade will start with an Air Force fly-over and a 21 gun salute, followed by participating bands, military and veteran units, community organizations and dozens of scout troops.


Celebrate Freedom at Fort Vancouver

Flag Day Ceremony at Vancouver Barracks Bandstand.

In 1949, President Truman declared Flag Day a national holiday commemorating our nation’s flag as a symbol of the United States, its history and ideals. Come be a part of the Vancouver USA Celebrate Freedom Flag Day Ceremony on the parade grounds at Fort Vancouver, Monday, June 14, 2010 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. “The Flag Day Ceremony is one of several free Celebrate Freedom programs organized by the Fort Vancouver National Trust. Celebrate Freedom is a series of educational programs and community events that inspire all generations to strengthen the community values of leadership, public service, patriotism, lifelong learning and vision.”

We will join other communities across our nation for a simultaneous recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Annual Pause for the Pledge will be led by two of our local young men who have been accepted into military academies; David Baker, from Columbia River High School, will attend the Merchant Marine Academy, and Michael Madrid, from Prairie High School, will attend the Naval Academy.

Fifth grade students from Marshall Elementary will speak about the meaning of the flag from the perspective of Colonial-era citizens, and will also be on hand to judge a Patriotic Tie Contest from among Clark Counties’ Mayors.

Prairie High School Air Force Junior ROTC will present colors and perform with their rifle squad. Vocal soloist Kyra Smith, from Mountain View High School, and the Columbia River Chorus of the Sweet Adelines International will be entertaining us with music.

Master of Ceremonies will be Scott Simon, KUPL radio morning show; with remarks by 2009 Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient Phillip Haberthur, 2010 Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient Lindsey Elhart and Melissa Sandvold, representing event sponsor Veolia Water.

Complimentary pizza provided by Papa Murphy’s, snacks from Trader Joes and Frito Lay, and coffee and water courtesy of American Red Cross.