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Bat week to be celebrated at Elkins-Randolph YMCA

The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS, W.Va.  — The public is welcome to join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service West Virginia Field Office, the West Virginia Division of Natural resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and AFHA AmeriCorps for the fourth annual international celebration of Bat Week from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.

Attendees can help celebrate the amazing world of bats and the important roles they play in our ecosystem with free family-friendly bat- and cave-themed activities, games and crafts.

Participants can become a bat biologist and explore a giant inflatable bat cave to experience a cave ecosystem first-hand.

They also can make bat crafts to take home, or test their knowledge with bat jeopardy. Participants also can ask a bat biologist batty questions.

WVDNR Endangered Species Biologist Craig Stihler will be giving short bat talks throughout the event, and other bat biologists will be in attendance to answer any and all batty questions.

Attendees can join in the celebration and discover how these unique flying mammals benefit the ecosystem and humans.

This is a free event. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

For other Bat Week activities and webinars, visit

To learn more about this event, contact Julia Fregonara, AFHA AmeriCorps member, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service West Virginia Field Office, by calling 304-636-6586 ext. 25.

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