Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

My own little bats just a few years ago

Last month I recommended the Annual Bat Festival at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia as an event to attend. I had never attended the festival before (I simply was unaware of it) and had planned to attend for the first time this year.

Unfortunately, my husband and oldest kid were out of town (they would have loved it!), but that didn’t stop me and my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter from going batty. The event, which I wrote about for the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist blog, was actually quite a blast.

We learned a good deal about why bats are endangered (white nose syndrome), the staggering number of bats that die from the disease (millions and millions!) and how we can all help (learn more about bats, help dispel myths about bats, build a bat house, etc.).

To learn more about their plight, visit Save Lucy the Bat, an information packed web site with lots of great tools and resources for those who want to learn more and help the cause. Get the full scoop about the bat festival and plan to attend next year!

If you’re not in the DC metro area, check with your local nature center to see if they host a bat festival or other bat awareness events. If not, maybe you can talk them into hosting one! It’s a great way to connect kids (and adults!) with nature.

Have you attended a bat festival? Have fun bat facts or stories to share? Tell us about them in the comments.

Thanks for reading! Carolyn

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