Learn About the Impact Bats Have on the Great Lakes Ecosystem

Learn About the Impact Bats Have on the Great Lakes Ecosystem


Everyone might have their preconceived notion of what bats are. Many times, people think that they are scary, hideous beasts that only come out at night. While movies and television shows would love for you to believe that, it isn’t really the case. Most do hang upside down and are blind, but there is a lot more to these fascinating creatures.

The Organization for Bat Conservation holds numerous bat festivals in the Great Lakes region throughout the year, and they will be hosting a festival in Detroit on Saturday, September 23. So what is the Organization for Bat Conservation? What can you do at Michigan’s Great Lake Bat Festival? Here’s all the information you need to enjoy this upcoming festival.

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What is the Organization for Bat Conservation?

The Organization of Bat Conservation is a national organization whose goal is to help protect bats and their ecosystem along with debunking myths and misinformation on the species. They team up with local health departments and government agencies to aid in public issues regarding bats. The organization is leading a Save the Bats campaign, which is an educational nonprofit based in Michigan. The goal is to prevent further loss of population, spread new populations, and teach the community about the friendly creatures.

What is Michigan’s Great Lakes Bat Festival?

The annual celebration of bats, Michigan’s Great Lakes Bat Festival takes over the Michigan Science Center in downtown Detroit on Saturday, September 23. The family-friendly event will feature presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games, and interactive exhibits. It’s a great way for the whole family to learn about bats while having a more intimate experience than you would have at a zoo.

Bat Zone

If you are unable to make it to Michigan’s Great Lake Bat Festival, you can still get batty at the Bat Zone in Pontiac. The nocturnal animal sanctuary is home to more than 250 animals, including some of the rarest bats. You can book a personal tour with a trained education specialist or explore the sanctuary yourself, either way is a neat experience. The Bat Zone will be closed on September 23 to help with festivities at Michigan’s Great Lake Bat Festival.
Michigan’s Great Lake Bat Festival is an educational, fun and free festival that the whole family can enjoy. For more information on the festival, be sure to visit their website or Facebook page.

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