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BAT WEEK OCTOBER 24 - 31, 2019

Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature




About Bat Week

Bat Week is an international, annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night - eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees.

Proclaim Bat Week

Bat Week is a time to celebrate our bats and to spread the word about how we can help protect them. One great way to do this is to ask your town, city, or state officials to make a formal proclamation. You can use the proclamation (or its signing) as a great way to involve…

Host a Celebration Event

We love a good party, and we are willing to bet that you do too. This year, we want you to host a Bat Week Party or other special event to get others excited about bats. You can feature bat-themed games, foods and drinks that are made possible by bats, and/or costume contests, – anything…

Host an Education Event

Teaching others about bats is rewarding! You can visit a school classroom or set up a table at a local event. We’ll provide you with PDF’s to print and share, kid activities, and other ideas in our outreach tool kit! Remember to email all of your friends and family. We want everyone to learn about…

3 Reasons Why Bats Are Rockstars

Bats are amazing animals that are vital to the health of our environment and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night- eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees. Step outside around dusk and take a few moments to look for bats in your neighborhood!


Build a Bat House

Building and installing a bat house can make a difference for bats and help promote a healthy environment. Download our instructional handbook on how to build a bat house.

Faces of Bat Week

Townsend big-eared bat

Townsend's big-eared bats are a charismatic species with marvelously large ears and prominent, bilateral nose lumps.

Florida bonneted bat

The Florida bonneted bat is found
nowhere in the world but south Florida.

Indiana bat

Indiana bats are a small, insect-eating
bats that live in North America.

Northern long-eared bat

The northern long-eared bat is a species of bat native to North America. There are no recognized subspecies.

Mexican long-nosed bat

The Mexican long-nosed bat is federally endangered and relies on nectar from blooming agave to make long migrations through Mexico into the southwest United States.

Proclaim Bat Week

Bat Week is a special time to celebrate the special contributions bats make to the ecosystems and agricultural crops of our states and nation. One great way to do this is to ask your town, city, or state officials to make a formal proclamation of Bat Week to draw attention, media, and other resources to the issues bats are facing.


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Bat Truths vs. Guano

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court Street
Cortland, NY 13045 United States

Bat week, an international celebration of the role of bats in nature, is October 24-31, 2019. Join us and Robyn Niver from the USFWS to start the celebration in Cortland! Come learn about the bats of New York – who they are, how they are doing, and how you can help.    

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NRCS Celebrates Bat Week

October 24 @ 8:00 am - October 31 @ 4:30 pm
USDA NRCS, 2145 basin street sw
ephrata, WA 98823 United States

The event will be at the Central Washington NRCS Area Office in Ephrata, WA. We will have a poster describing our Washington bats and how they benefit agriculture and ranching, as well as information on practices that help to enhance bat habitat. We will also have handouts with activities for kids, information on how to build a bat house, and information on white-nose syndrome, which has recently been discovered in Kittitas County.

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Bats in the Library

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fishersville Main Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway
Fishersville, VA 22939 United States

Learn about bats and meet a live bat. Presented by The Save Lucy Campaign. Hosted by Augusta County Library.

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Bats, the NOT so scary creatures of the night

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, 50 Main Street
Ketchikan, AR 99901 United States

Please join Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District Wildlife Biologist Ben Limle at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center on October 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., for a presentation titled: Bats, the NOT so scary creatures of the night. With Halloween approaching it seems the perfect time to learn about these terrifying, blood thirsty beasts... or debunk those myths and learn about the fascinating biology and diversity of bats!

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Minnesota Bat Week

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Minnesota Valley NWR, 3815 American Blvd
E Bloomington, MN 55425 United States

Come celebrate the unique role that bats play in our world at the 3rd annual Minnesota Bat Festival during International Bat Week! Discover why bats are important to us all. Explore techniques you can use in your own backyard to help the environment, bats and other wildlife. You will never look at bats in the same way again! There will be scheduled LIVE bat presentations and bat-themed puppet shows. Ongoing activities include: "be a bat scientist," explore the cave, bat…

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Festival Bat Bonanza!

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20001 United States

Hey DC! Get ready for another Festival Bat Bonanza during #BatWeek from USBG Employees and Volunteers! Come as a bat, come as a plant pollinated by a bat, or simply join us and learn about bats. There will be live bats and bat-related activities throughout the Conservatory— come and learn why bats matter! FREE: No pre-registration required For more info: Visit or call 202-225-8333

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October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, 63095 Deschutes Market Rd
Bend, OR 97701 United States

The Deschutes National Forest in partnership with Discover Your Forest will host Batacular, an educational and family fun day on Saturday, October 26th from 10am – 1pm. Participants will learn about bats while enjoying themselves at a wide variety of interactive stations. We will host crafts, games, snacks, tips to inspire guests to become Bat Heroes, a mini cave to explore, a photobooth and much more! This family friendly event will be held at the Deschutes National Forest headquarters at…

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Young Scientist: Beautiful Bats

October 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, 7 Conception Bay Hwy
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador A1W3A2 Canada

Young Scientist is a program for children aged 4-7 and their families to learn about science through hands-on activities, science demonstrations and outdoor exploration along the Manuels River trail system. For Bat Week, the theme of Young Scientist will be Beautiful Bats! Have you heard the expression "blind as a bat?" Do you think of bats as blood suckers? Or mice with wings? Join us as we bust some bat myths and learn incredible new facts about these amazing creatures.

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Anastasia State Park Event

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Anastasia State Park, 1340a A1A S
Saint Augustine, FL 32080 United States

Join Anastasia State Park on Wednesday, October 30 from 5-6 p.m. as we celebrate our flying mammal friends! Bat Week, (happening October 24-31), helps dispel the undeserved reputation bats have for being bad. Since bats are wonderful and very beneficial to our environment, we want to celebrate these amazing creatures with you! This family-friendly program will start with an educational talk followed by an easy “bat craft” at the end of the presentation. All participants who come dressed up as…

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Why Bats? Dispelling the myths and mystery

October 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, 401 S Balsam Street
Moses Lake, WA 98837 United States

Speaker Series: What better time than Halloween to talk about bats, but are they really the spooky creatures of the night they have been so often betrayed in movies and books? Come and learn about the importance of bats as the sole predator of night time insects, a major pollinator and seed disperser of several plant species, and how they save billions of dollars in the agricultural industry. Find out about these gentle, intelligent creatures’ social nature, and how they…

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