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October 26, 2023(CT)5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


GATLINBURG, Tenn.—The public is invited to a “Bats and Brews” event in honor of Bat Week at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Asheville, NC on Thursday, October 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is organized by the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Forest Service, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, University of North Carolina, and the North American Bat Monitoring Program.

During the event, biologists will discuss their efforts to understand, protect and conserve bat populations in North Carolina, the Southeastern United States, and across North America. Through hands-on demonstrations, attendees will experience how scientists—including community scientists—study bats and work together to understand where bats live, in what numbers, and how populations fare through time amid mounting threats like infectious diseases, climate change, habitat loss and more.

The evening’s event will feature a screening of the documentary film “In Echo All About: A Documentary about Big Battles for Little Bats,” by Nicholas Mullins. Susan Loeb, bat research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, and employees from the National Park Service will reflect on bats and their importance to healthy, functioning ecosystems.

Activities will include trivia and opportunities to engage with bat experts on the science of these mysterious animals. Attendees will learn about echolocation, what it’s like to study bats in caves, and what people can do in their communities to celebrate and support bats.

The event is ticketed and hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. For more information, please contact Science Communicator Antoine Fletcher at

COST: $5 in Advance | $8 Day of Event


October 26, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Sierra Nevada – Mills River, NC
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Sierra Nevada – Mills River, NC
100 Sierra Nevada Way
Mills River, NC 28732 United States
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