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April 5, 2011

MADISON - Bats are some of the most amazing wildlife Wisconsin has to offer. Learn about - and get close - to these remarkable flying mammals at the Wisconsin Bat Festival April 16 at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3011 Lake Farm Road, Madison. There will be formal presentations featuring bats from around the world at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., including a live Gigantic Flying Foxbat from Malaysia with a 6-foot wingspan!

Family fun events in addition to the presentations include bat house building (tools and assistance provided, there is a small additional fee for materials) and hands-on science projects.

Special guests include Rob Mies director of the Organization for Bat Conservation and Dave Redell, DNR bat ecologist. Both will be on hand to answer questions, lead presentations and provide an introduction to Wisconsin's bat species. Redell also will share Wisconsin plans for addressing White Nose Syndrome, a killer of bats that is slowly marching its way toward Wisconsin.

Admission for adults (16 yrs and up) is $8. Kids are free with an adult.

Information on the Wisconsin Bat Festival is available on the Wisconsin Bat Monitoring Program website. More information about bats can be found on the Saving Wisconsin Bats page of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Redell (608) 261-8450

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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