#Detroit Fun: FREE Annual Bat Festival In Southfield 9/28/13

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I have a fascination with bats. As much as they look creepy, I also think they are one of the coolest animals out there. We have woods in our backyard, so I love watching the bats come and go in the evenings. I love them also because they help keep mosquitos away!

Bat Festival in SouthfieldPhotos provided by the Organization for Bat Conservation

I thought the upcoming FREE bat festival in Southfield outlined below sounded like such a cool event for families. My nearly 3 year old is currently obsessed with all things science and nature. Unfortunately, we won’t be in town, but this event sounds like such a cool way to spend a Saturday.

Here’s the scoop from press materials:

The 12th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. This free event will be held at the Southfield Pavilion in Southfield, Michigan from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival drew 2,000 attendees in 2012 and is expected to attract 3,000 attendees this year.

The festival celebrates the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world. The goal of the festival is to help people discover the importance and uniqueness of bats in a fun and interactive environment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Build bat houses for our national forests as part of National Public Lands Day
  • Meet a life-size Stellaluna
  • See live bats from around the world including giant flying fox and vampires
  • Watch birds of prey programs
  • Be a Bat Scientist with bat expert Tim Carter (Ball State University)
  • Explore the “Bat Cave”
  • Participate in nature-themed educational exhibits and bat-themed activities
  • Purchase signed copies of new children’s book, Bats A to Z

The event is for all ages and is free thanks in part to sponsorships from Spirit of Alexandria, Critter Catchers and DTE Energy Foundation.

For more information about the festival, visit the Organization for Bat Conservation’s website at www.batconservation.org or Facebook page or call (248) 645-3232.

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Seriously…how cool does that sound?! And it’s FREE!

Here are some other factoids I learned about bats from the Organization for Bat Conservation folks:

  • Bats are NOT blind
  • Bats are NOT aggressive
  • There are more than 1,100 species of bats worldwide, living everywhere except Antarctica
  • A single bat can eat 2,000 to 6,000 insects at night {YAY!}
  • Many species have ultrasonic sonar capabilities, which they use to navigate and catch insects in total darkness.

There you have it, friends…MANY reasons to love bats 😀 Hope you all can check out the event!

What cool family-friendly events have you discovered lately? Keep me in the loop!



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