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Bat Fest Arlington Coming To Gulf Branch Saturday

by Aaron Kraut August 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm 3,507 16 Comments

Gulf Branch Nature Center (Flickr user Kevin Borland)The Gulf Branch Nature Center (3608 N. Military Rd.) is hosting its popular annual Bat Fest Arlington event on Saturday, with a live bat presentation and a “bat walk” for adults, weather permitting.

“Bat rehabilitator” Leslie Sturges will explain the mysterious nocturnal mammals with a 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m. live presentation.

The event includes crafts and games for families and a walk through the woods to check out the bats’ habitat. Adults are welcome to stay until later, when Nature Center guides will go out to search for flying bats.

The bats typically don’t start flying until 8:30 p.m.

Bat Fest draws about 100 people each year, so the Nature Center is asking those interested to register in advance online. Admission is $5.

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Borland

  • Hank

    Awesome. I should bring the bats I caught in my apartment the other day.
    I probably have rabies.

    • YTK

      Here, have a glass of water– I promise it is NOT from Four Mile Run.

  • Fairlingtron resident 14 years and counting

    took the kids there a couple of times and it is a good program.

  • YTK

    I LOOOVE bats!!!

    • Tabs


      They eat mosquitoes.

      Prevalence of bats is a sign of a healthy environment.

      • Ivy

        Exactly! Bats eat mosquitoes which is great.

    • +199

  • Greg

    Did this get changed to Friday? I thought it was Saturday.

  • Dracula

    I am sooooo there. For the later part, at least.

  • YTK

    Sorry but the typeface needs to be set upside down– or bats who wish to attend will not see it.

    • Arlingtonian


  • Batman

    I will get to the Batfest in my Batmobile.

    • YTK

      And I will look for the BatRoom

  • JimPB

    Delighted to see this, but the news about it is much too late for registering.

  • Dezlboy

    It’s SATURDAY. And, as of this posting there are still openings, unless I just bought the last two tickets ($5 each).

  • Dezlboy

    There are two sessions, one 6:30, the other 7:30.


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