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San Antonio Bat Fest

San Antonio celebrated rich natural history and the official state flying mammal, October 6 – 14.

Texas is blessed with the largest variety of bats of any state (34 species) and has over 70% of all the species found in the US! See them all here.

San Antonio is blessed with twelve species of bats (see slide show below) and just north of the city is the world's largest bat colony, Bracken Bat Cave, featured in many documentaries and declared by a National Geographic photographer as "one of the world's top ten wildlife spectacles".

Apparently bats love Texas, and Texas should sure love bats, for several reasons.

Texas' tens of millions of insect-eating bats save state agriculture tens of millions of dollars every year in pest control and reduced crop damage.

In the past, the tons of guano from Texas bats were so important as a source of fertilizer and black powder that the army guarded important bat caves. 

San Antonio Bat Fest 2012 culminated in a free public symposium at Trinity University on Oct. 14th, 1-5pm, with keynote speaker Dr. Merlin Tuttle. Registration highly recommended. Register here.

Calendar of Events

October 6, Saturday   

Sea World San Antonio

7:00 am, Run for the Fund, which supports Bat Conservation International (BCI)

8:00 am – noon, bat crafts and activities for Run for the Fund participants

Noon – 11:00 pm, bat crafts and activities at Conservation Center

7:45 – 8:30 pm, guided Bat Walks with ultrasonic bat detectors

Government Canyon State Natural Area

9 am – 4 pm, Discovery Station, crafts, and activities to explore on your own. 

Old Tunnel Wildlife Area

10:30 am – noon, "Bat Basics" presented by Nyta Brown

Freetail Brewing Company

1 – 4 pm, Enter a raffle to win a private evening for 30 people to view the emergence of millions of bats at Bracken Bat Cave, a BCI Certified bat house and BCI bat videos!Enter a raffle to win a BCI Certified bat house and BCI bat videos

1:00 pm, Release of "2012 Year of the Bat Brew" special limited edition; proceeds from sales of bottles of this special recipe will support Bat Conservation International

2:00 pm, "Why Care about Bats?" by James Eggers, Director of Education, Bat Conservation International

4:00 pm, raffle drawing, proceeds will support Bat Conservation International

San Antonio Zoo

1:30 – 3:00 pm, Singing zoologist, animal presentations, crafts, and activities

Oct. 7, Sunday      

Bracken Ridge Park, Koehler Pavilion.

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Enter a raffle to win a private evening for 30 people to view the emergence of millions of bats at Bracken Bat Cave and a BCI Certified bat house!

7:00 pm, Free bat house building workshop by Reggie Regan, Lone Star Woodcraft

7:30 pm, Free "Bats of Central Texas" presentation, Jessica Alderson, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.

8:00 pm, Free "bat walk" with bat detectors, Texas Master Naturalists, Bexar County Chapter

Government Canyon State Natural Area

9 am – 4 pm, Discovery Station, crafts, and activities to explore on your own. 

Oct. 9, Tuesday   

San Antonio Zoo

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Bat Walks. Dr. David Ribble, Chair of Biology Department, Trinity University, will use bat detectors to lead a bat walk through the Zoo.

Oct. 12, 13, 19, 27      

San Antonio Zoo. Bat Classes, for various ages, see www.sazoo.org/education

Oct. 13, Saturday

Government Canyon State Natural Area

9 am – 4 pm, Discovery Station, crafts, and activities

Medina River Natural Area (City of San Antonio)

9 am – noon, Fall Fest will have a bat education table, and a variety of other wildlife tables and activities

San Antonio Zoo

10 am – 2 pm, Bat Day will include activities throughout the zoo

Bracken Ridge Park, Joskes Pavilion

6:30 – 8:30pm, Enter a raffle to win a private evening for 30 people to view the emergence of millions of bats at Bracken Bat Cave and a BCI Certified bat house!

7:00, Free bat house building workshop by Reggie Regan, Lone Star Woodcraft

7:30 pm, Free "Bats of Central Texas presentation", Judit Green, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.

8:00, Free "bat walk" with bat detectors, Texas Master Naturalists, Bexar County Chapter

Oct. 14, Sunday

Government Canyon State Natural Area

9 am – 4 pm, Discovery Station, crafts, and activities

BAT SYMPOSIUM, 1:00 – 5:00 pm (Free and open to the public)

Registration highly recommended. Register here for San Antonio Bat Fest Symposium at Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium.

Many of the state's leading bat experts will present on a variety of topics, on a level for the general public.

Noon – 12:45 pm, meet live bats and enter a raffle to win a private evening for 30 people to view the emergence of millions of bats at Bracken Bat Cave, a San Antonio Zoo family membership, a copy of Bats of Texas autographed by the author (symposium speaker, Dr. Loren Ammerman), a set of four different BCI bat DVDs, and two BCI Certified bat house!

1:00 – 5:00 pm, Symposium speaker presentations

5:05 pm, raffle drawing

5:30 – 6:30 pm, Reception with the symposium speakers for BCI Members ONLY. Registration Required. Limit 100. BCI members may register for the reception here. To become a BCI member visit here.

Bats of San Antonio

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Partners

Bat Conservation International wishes to thank all of our partners who have helped make possible the first San Antonio Bat Fest and Symposium: San Antonio Zoo, Trinity University, Freetail Brewing Company, Lone Star Woodcraft, Texas Master Naturalists Bexar County Chapter, Brackenridge Park Conservancy, San Antonio Parks & Recreation, San Antonio Water System, and SeaWorld San Antonio.  If you would like to be a Partner or Sponsor for San Antonio Bat Fest 2014, please contact Bat Conservation International, Director of Education, James Eggers

 

 

 



 

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Last Updated: Friday, 30 August 2013
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