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September 12, 2013

Seventh annual Bat Festival coming up next weekend

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation will host its seventh annual Bat Festival on Sept. 21.

“The Bat Festival is important to the community as a fun, family-oriented event that promotes positive thinking about bats, creatures that are often viewed with fear and hatred,” said Joy O’Keefe, director of the center. “Every year at the Bat Festival, we raise awareness of the biology of these awesome animals and give people a better understanding of how their actions might impact bats, both positively and negatively.”

The free event will take place in the Science Building on Indiana State’s campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature several presentations about various aspects of bat biology. Children’s activities are also available and will feature crafts, an inflatable cave and face painting.

At 2 p.m. guests can attend live bat and raptor demonstrations. In conjunction with 2013 Year of the River, festivities will continue at Fairbanks Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests will have a second chance to watch the live bat and raptor demonstrations and have the opportunity to listen for and observe bats along the river.

Artwork submissions are  being accepted in person or by mail for the Bat Festival art contest. Artwork will be judged in three age groups by members of the ISU community. Work can be submitted in person or by mail to Brianne Walters, Indiana State University Science Building, 340. For more information about the art contest, or to complete an entry form, visit www.isubatcenter.org.

A bake sale and a silent auction will take place in the Science Building with the proceeds benefiting the Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation. To donate items for the silent auction, contact Walters at 812-237-2808 or Brianne.Walters@indstate.edu.

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