Bat Festival Photos and Art Contest Winners

Photos by ISU Media.


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Fred, the Malayan Flying Fox

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Bat Mural in Progress

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Mark Booth of Take Flight, sharing his love of raptors

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Tim Divoll talking about what bats eat

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Fred hanging around after the live bats program

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Entering the inflated cave to explore

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Julia Hoeh showing off some bat crafts in the kids’ activity room

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Hungry Heroes game, part of the BatVentures course at Dobbs Park



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Scott Bergeson helps young bat biologists to untangle a bat (not a real one!) from the mistnet

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Coloring the bat mural

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Congo, the Straw Colored Fruit Bat







The 2015 festival theme was “Bats Eat Bugs!” We aimed to highlight the economic importance of bats with information in presentations, activities, and tables at the festival.

Our goal with this festival will be to spread the word that bats are important predators of insects, including insects that are pests for humans, our crops, and our forests. For example, bats are important predators of corn earworm moths, which can be detrimental to corn crops in the Midwest. Big brown bats prey heavily on spotted cucumber beetles, which are significant garden pests in Indiana. A single bat can eat 50-100% of its body weight in insects each night and an entire colony of bats can consume over a million pesky bugs in one summer! In Texas, massive colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats consume billions of moths each night, including insects that feed on corn, tobacco, and cotton.

Artwork should relate to the theme “Bats Eat Bugs”. We will award cash prizes for first prize in the age categories 13-17 and 18 and up. First place in the 12 and under category will win a bat book and t-shirt. See the 2015 Art Contest Entry Form for more details.

This year’s sponsors include

Wildlife Acoustics

Duke Energy

DOT Scientific

Terre Haute Parks Department

Jan Lesniak and Rob Smith

David and Rebecca Rubin

Marshall and Becca Parks

Randall Stevens M.D.

William Brett Living Trust

Nilah Bonham O.D. P.C.




Previous Art Contest Winners

12 Years and Younger
13 -17 Years Old
18+ Years Old
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