13th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival comes to Ann Arbor

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Bats: The world's most misunderstood mammal.
  • Bats: The world's most misunderstood mammal.

The Organization for Bat Conservation and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will host the 13th Annual Great Lakes Bat festival this Saturday. The free event will give people an up-close look at perhaps the world's most misunderstood mammal: bats. (Aside from me, that is. I am actually the world's most misunderstood mammal.)

Bats from around the world will be on display, including the Malayan Flying Fox. With a six-foot wingspan, it's the world's largest bat.

The Organization for Bat Conservation's Executive Director, Rob Mies, will be on hand to educate. Other non-bat guests include Janell Cannon, author of the popular children's book Stellaluna.

Bats are an integral part of the ecosystem and help keep pests in check. Since 2006, a fungus called white nose syndrome has killed more than six million bats in North America. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to help bats by building bat houses.

The event goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. More information is available at batconservation.org.

Organization for Bat Conservation's Rob Mies and a flying friend.
  • Organization for Bat Conservation's Rob Mies and a flying friend.



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