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Join us and our 2014 co-host, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

13th Great Lakes Bat Festival 
September 27, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm.

Washtenaw Community College 
Morris Lawrence Center
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The annual festival celebrates the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem as insect eaters, 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 teach people about the fascinating world of bats and inspire people to protect the environment. Spend your Saturday at this free, family-friendly event and learn more about these amazing creatures. 


 

 

 

 

 

The festival features activities for children, families, educators and conservation professionals. Presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids, and interactive exhibits provide a full day of fun and environmental education.

A few of the exciting activities and displays include:

  • Garden for Wildlife
  • Build a Bat House
  • Take a Bat Walk--held throughout the day
  • Explore the Night of a Bat through writing with 826 Michigan
  • Understand the Engineering of Bat Habitats
  • Be an "Animal Keeper"
  • Experience Echolocation
  • Discover the Physics of Flight with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Be a "Bat Scientist"
  • Explore a Cave

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • LIVE animal programs every half hour, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bat Walks: 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm
  • Physics of Flight Workshop: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Speakers

  • 10:30am
    • Bats of the Great Lakes--Bill Scullon, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    • Surviving Rabies, One Woman's Tale--Jeanna Geise, Rabies Survivor
  • 11:30am
    • The Making of Stellaluna: Live Reading and Drawing Demo--Janell Cannon, Author and Illustrator
    • White-nose Syndrome, A Deadly Disease of Cave-Hibernating Bats--Richard Geboy, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 12:30pm
    • How You Can Save Bats--Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation
    • From Dracula to Batman, Bat Myths Through the Ages--Jeff Shi, University of Michigan
  • 1:30pm
    • Bats of the Amazon--FIona Reid, Author and Illustrator
    • Why Windfarms SPell Trouble for Wildlife--Vanessa Rojas, Indiana State University
  • 2:30pm
    • The Making of Stellaluna: Live Reading and Drawing Demo--Janell Cannon, Author and Illustrator
    • A Long Winter's Night, The Story of Bat Hibernation--Dr. Allen Kurta, Eastern Michigan University
  • 3:30pm
    • How You Can Save Bats--Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation
    • Bats Take Flight, An Inside Look at Bat Migration--Dr. Amy Russell, Grand Valley State University
  • 4:30pm
    • Navigating the Wild, How Bats Use Echolocation to See--Rod Foster, Stevenson HIgh School
    • The Secret Lives of Real Vampires--Gerry Carter, University of Maryland

Interested in volunteering? Contact Amanda at afelk@batconservation.org.

Summary of Previous Festivals:

2013 Southfield Pavilion

2012 Southfield Pavilion

Photos from 2012

2011 Cranbrook Institute of Science

Sponsorship Package