This Saturday, October 20th is the date for the 1st New Hampshire Bat Festival being held at Franklin Pierce University on its Rindge campus. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Spagnuolo Hall, and is free to attend for the curious of all ages.
It’s a chance to meet live bats, participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations, and learn from bat biologists.
The one-day festival will educate attendees through short presentations on species of bats living in New Hampshire, the beneficial contributions of bats to our environment, the crisis of bat population decline, and how the public can help the eight species of Granite State bat populations to recover.
Hands-on activity tables will acquaint people with bat house construction and placement, echolocation, bats and gardens, white-nose syndrome, and a live-bat demonstration will introduce the public to hoary and big brown bats.
Cave-hibernating bats in New Hampshire have been decimated by white-nose syndrome, and winter surveys of bat hibernacula have documented major population declines in recent years.
Biologists from Franklin Pierce University, Squam Lakes Nature Science Center, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, New Hampshire Bat Project, and more will be at New Hampshire’s 1st Bat Festival.