Second Annual 'Bat Festival' Set for this Saturday

(Devils Tower, Wyo.) The northern long-eared bat is one of eleven bat species found at Devils Tower. It's been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 2015. White nose syndrome, a disease that has decimated bat populations in the eastern United States since 2006, threatens local bats after the fungus that causes the disease has been detected within 500 miles of Devils Tower. The Second Annual Bat Festival will kick off Saturday, July 16th at 1:30 p.m. in the Picnic Area of the Monument. It's part of the the National Park Service Centennial Celebrations at Devils Tower. The festival is family-friendly and will feature demonstrations on how to build bat boxes, information booths, crafts, and activities for kids. There will be door prizes, guest presentations and guided walks to listen for bats will be offered in the evening. You can use special detectors to listen for echolocation calls as bats fly overhead. The Second Annual Bat Festival is sponsored in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, Grouse Mountain Environmental Consultants and the Devils Tower Natural History Association. Park entrance fees will be waived for the event. *Photo h/t Bat Conservation Organization // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news