2012 Great Lakes Bat Festival


Date: September 29, 2012
Times: 10 am to 8 pm
Location: Southfield Civic Center Arena, 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, Michigan
Cost: FREE


The goal of the 11th Annual Great Lakes Bat Festival is to spread the message that bats are critical to ecosystems around the world and to encourage their protection. This year's festival is also a part of the International Year of the Bat celebration.

Discover the importance and uniqueness of bats in a fun and interactive environment.

  • Help build bat houses as part of National Public Lands Day
  • Meet Stellaluna
  • See from around the world including giant flying fox and vampires
  • Live Birds of Prey programs by Howell Nature Center
  • Be-a-bat-scientist with bat expert Tim Carter
  • Explore the 'Bat Cave'
  • Bat art competition (win prizes!)
  • Nature-themed educational exhibits
  • Bat-themed activities for kids
  • Updates on White-nose Syndrome

Guest Speakers

A great line-up of excellent speakers include:
Janell Cannon and Fiona Reid (12pm & 4pm):
Drawing Bats for Fiction and Non-fiction

Gerry Carter and Dr. Jennifer Vonk: (2pm & 6pm)
Bat Behavior Revealed

Dr. Al Kurta: (1pm & 5pm)
Bats of Michigan and Where do Michigan Bats Hibernate? 

Rob Mies: (11am and 3pm)
Year of the Bat

Bat Festival

© 2012 Organization for Bat Conservation