Third Annual South Dakota Bat Festival

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Third Annual South Dakota Bat FestivalCUSTER, S.D.–Come learn about South Dakota’s mammals of the night on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Third Annual South Dakota Bat Festival. The Festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Tatanka Theater in the Game Lodge Campground of Custer State Park. 

Wildlife experts and enthusiasts will be on hand to give presentations, answer questions and distribute information at this fun, family-orientated event. Bat research equipment and survey methods will be showcased from 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.  As part of a continuing survey of the area, researchers will be actively capturing bats which visitors will be able to safely view up close. 

Custer State Park (Tatanka Theatre) is located approximately 14 miles east of Custer on U.S. Highway 16A in Custer State Park.  Although there is no charge for the activities, the park does charge an entrance fee. 

This year’s festival is sponsored by South Dakota Bat Working Group, Custer State Park, S.D. Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Division, South Dakota State University, Batworks, and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information on the South Dakota Bat Festival, contact Bradley Phillips at (605) 673-4853 or Joel Tigner of Batworks at (605) 390-2061.