Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center to Host Wisconsin Bat Festival

Contact(s): Veronica Hinke, 715-362-1354

RHINELANDER, Wis. (August 6, 2018) – The Wisconsin Bat Festival will “land” at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on the last weekend in August with free, family-friendly activities. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Center with free exhibits, educational displays, live bat programs, and hands-on activities.

Biologists will hold a science night demonstration on Friday, August 24th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Visitors will learn how bat experts use technology to study bats and are advised to bring a headlamp and mosquito repellant.

Brian Heeringa, Forest Service Wildlife Biologist says, “Hosting the Wisconsin Bat Festival at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is a great fit. Concern about the Wisconsin bat population has risen since whitenose syndrome appeared here in 2014 and residents are asking for more information. We all work together for bat conservation and this is a great opportunity to share what we know.”

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is located at 29270 County Highway G, Ashland. The event is presented by the Visitor Center, the U.S. Forest Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Bayfield County Tourism.

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