Seventh annual Bat Fest spreads its wings Saturday at Lubee Bat Conservancy north of Gainesville. | Gainesville.com

Posted by Trish Riley, October 28, 2011


7th Annual Bat Festival

What: Festival with educational presentations, bat-related arts and crafts, and vendors.
When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave.
Cost: Free
Info: www.batconservancy.org

“The free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the conservancy on Northwest 192nd Avenue off County Road 231, offers an opportunity to watch 215 fruit bats and 12 different species as they eat and play throughout the day.

Pope says the event falling near Halloween is mostly because of the exceptionally nice weather, since the festival does not have any holiday-related activities.

Because the conservancy is a research facility that is usually closed to the public, the festival offers a rare glimpse of an average day in the life of a fruit bat.

On Saturday, one of the first sights visitors will encounter at the festival is of the Malayan flying fox — the largest breed of bat in the world with a wingspan of about 5 feet, Pope says.”

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