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Opening Day of Bats: Creatures of the Night at the Berkshire Museum

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Learn the true story of bats when Berkshire Museum presents the exhibition, Bats: Creatures of the Night, from January 19 to May 12, 2013. Some people think of bats as scary, squeaky, night-flying creatures, but these hugely misunderstood flying mammals don’t deserve their bad reputation: in reality, bats are gentle animals that play an extremely important role in the environment.

At Opening Day of Bats: Creatures of the Night you can enjoy an afternoon of batty activities appropriate for all ages, from experimenting with echolocation, joining our Museum-wide extinction scavenger hunt, or creating a pair of batwings beginning at 1pm. At 4pm, lecturer Peter Youngbear leads a discussion on the current status of white nose syndrome on the bat populations. Then, from 5pm-7pm, enjoy refreshments and tour Bats: Creatures of the Night. All events free with Museum admission, which is free after 5pm.

Bats Creatures of the Night Berkshire Museum Pittsfield MABats: Creatures of the Night, which originated with Evergreen Exhibitions, features a rich array of video, photography, life-like models, and interactive stations, all relating the story of the only mammal that flies. Discover bat habitats and where the different species live around the globe. Match different kinds of bats with their preferred foods. Explore life-size models of a variety of bats, from the Fisher Bat and the Honduran White Bat to the Gray-headed Flying Fox Bat. View exciting photographs of bats in action, featuring the Gambian Epauleted Fruit Bat and the Mexican Free-tailed Bat, among many others.

Bats: Creatures of the Night is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Complementing the exhibition, Berkshire Museum will present a gallery focused specifically on local bat species found in the Berkshires. Visitors will learn about the conditions that are threatening the North American bat population, including the latest information on the pervasive and destructive white nose syndrome. Specimens of bats found in the area will be included, but because the bat population is so fragile, there are no live bats in the exhibition.

Saturday, January 19 | 10am-7pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | $13 adult; $6 child; Museum members & children 3 and under FREE Admission FREE after 5pm

General Info

Venue: Berkshire Museum
Style: Family Friendly, Visual Arts, Downtown
Dates: Jan 19, 2013
Jan 19, 2013