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Bat Festival at Devils Tower
National Public Lands Day September 25
Devils Tower, WY – In celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 25, the National Park Service (NPS) and Devils Tower Natural History Association will host a bat festival. The festival will include educational activities about these rarely seen nighttime animals.
The northern long-eared bat, Myotis septentrionalis, is among 11 bat species that have been identified at the Monument. The northern long-eared bat was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. "Here at Devils Tower we hope that the festival gives visitors the fun and unique opportunity to learn about bats, why they are important to the ecosystem, and why they are important to the agricultural success of our local area," says Russ Cash, Chief of Resources Management. Due to the recent discovery of white-nose syndrome at the Tower, we would like to educate the public on this disease, bats, and why they are important to the Monument, the community, and agriculture.”
NPS Fee-Free Day: All Day The NPS has designated September 25th National Public Lands Day as a fee-free day, in which the entrance fees at all NPS sites is waived.
Bat Festival: 5-8 pm in the Picnic Area Please bring a flashlight or headlamp, with a red lens if possible, and dress in layers for cold weather.
Build a Bat House: 5-8 pm Build a bat house will be a hands-on activity with an adult working with repurposed lumber. This bat house it to help support bat habitat near your home.
Bat Walk with a Ranger: 6:15-7:45 pm Use special detectors to hear bat echolocation calls. Bat listening walks will be offered during the evening hours. Visitors can use special detectors to listen to echolocation calls as bats fly overhead.
Last updated: September 21, 2021