By Howard Pousner
Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center celebrates the opening of a new Discovery Center Museum permanent exhibit on bats Oct. 1 with a “Goin’ Batty” event. The exhibit is funded by the family of Cobb County educator and bat lover Lee Bibb Lindsley. In her memory is a 10-foot-tall “tree” depicting bats found in our backyard and around the world. Guests are encouraged to match the bats to their home country.
The opening ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Bat expert Vicky Beckham Smith of A-Z Animals will do a presentation with live bats (a Mexican Free-tailed, a Southeastern Myotis and four Egyptian tomb bats) at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., there’s a showing of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Go Wild — Bats.” Members of the Georgia Bat Working Group will also be on hand to answer questions, and there will be bat crafts and bat storytime throughout the day. Children are encouraged to come costumed with bat wings and ears.
“Many myths exist about these misunderstood, unappreciated flying mammals,” Smith said, “so it is important to give children and adults the opportunity to see some live bats up close in a safe environment and learn how valuable they are to our environment.”
The Nature Center, along the Chattahoochee River’s scenic banks, also will host a Fall Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the greenhouse, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, www.chattnaturecenter.org.