Contact(s): Jennifer Redell, 608-267-0281
MILWAUKEE - The public can see bats from around the world up close, including one with a six-foot wingspan, and enjoy hands-on activities and interactive displays at the Wisconsin Bat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory "The Domes" in Milwaukee.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and Milwaukee County Parks. The festival is FREE with general admission to the Domes, located at 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215.
After the festival, people can remain for Science Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as bat researchers show how they use bat detectors, nets and radio transmitters to study bats in Wisconsin.
"Attending the festival is a great way to have fun, learn and show your support for Wisconsin bats," says Jennifer Redell, a DNR cave and mine specialist.
The festival features live bat shows with Rob Mies, TV personality and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation.
Attendees also will be able to:
Wisconsin has eight species of bats, all of which eat insects and are an important part of healthy Wisconsin ecosystems. Four species are known as the cave bats and hibernate in caves and mines throughout the winter. The cave bats are all susceptible to the devastating bat disease white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 6 million bats in North America since 2006 and is now decimating populations of Wisconsin bats.