With focus on conservation, Bat Festival to feature presentations, kids activities and more

National Park Service staff and volunteers recently captured the elusive spotted bat (Euderma maculatum) in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. NPS employee Grace Carpenter, a biological service technician, holds the bat, date not specified. | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Glen Canyon Bat Festival is returning to Lake Powell for its fourth year on Saturday from 5-10 p.m.

The National Park Service and Glen Canyon Conservancy are hosting this event in the Wahweap District of the park at the Lake Powell Resort lawn. Festivities will include informational booths, kid-friendly crafts and activities, guest presentations and bat discovery walks.

According to a press release from the park service, this year’s bat festival will highlight the role the public can play in bat conservation efforts and celebrate the ecological services bats provide, such as pest control, seed dispersal and pollination.

Guest speaker Jason Corbett, director of the Subterranean Program from Bat Conservation International, will present on the impact of wind energy development on Southwestern United States bat species. Tania Parra, a Latino Heritage Internship Program intern, will share how citizen scientists are contributing to bat conservation efforts in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Bat discovery walks are being held at 7:20 p.m. and 9 p.m. on an easy, 1-mile guided walk between the Lake Powell Resort and Lake Powell. Using iPads and other wildlife monitoring devices, participants will have a chance to use some of the available technology to identify bat species by sound.

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