PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island state wildlife officials are partnering with local libraries this fall to host a series of virtual outreach programs to inform the public about wildlife management and conservation efforts.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Rhode Islanders to learn about bobcats, bats and turkeys and the interesting research that is happening right in our own backyards,” Department of Environmental Management Wildlife Outreach Coordinator Mary Gannon said in a statement.

The first presentation, “All About Bobcats,” is scheduled for Oct. 22 in partnership with the Langworthy Public Library in Hope Valley. Attendees will learn about bobcat natural history and current research efforts in the state.

Just in time for Halloween, the agency will present “Bat Chat” on Oct. 27 in partnership with the East Smithfield Public Library. The public will learn about myths surrounding bats and how they can help them.

“Turkey Talk" is scheduled for Nov. 10 in partnership with the Davisville Free Library in North Kingstown. The program will cover the basics of wild turkey natural history and current population data collection efforts.

Members of the public can register for each event at the agency's website.

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