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Rossland Museum brings BATS into new light

BATS examines the diverse bat species found in B.C. and their role in maintaining ecological balance
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The Rossland Museum is hosting a captivating exhibit called BATS: Out of the Darkness. (Contributed photo)

What better time for a bat exhibit than October, a month that draws all sorts of intriguing creatures Out of the Darkness.

The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre (RMDC) announced Thursday (Oct. 5) the arrival of a captivating new travelling exhibition called “BATS: Out of the Darkness.”

The unique bat-show is part of the museum’s commitment to deliver dynamic and immersive exhibit experiences to the community of Rossland and Greater Trail.

“We’ve been searching for the perfect exhibit to revitalize our travelling exhibit program,” said Sara Wright, RMDC collections manager.

“We were immediately captivated by BATS.”

Developed by the Kelowna Museums, BATS is a family-friendly exhibit that delves into the fascinating world of bat ecology, biology, habitat needs, Indigenous perspectives, conservation challenges, personal stories, and intriguing fun facts.

“BATS shines a spotlight on the diverse bat species found in British Columbia while underscoring their crucial role in maintaining ecological balance,” reads the release.

“The exhibit provides an opportunity to celebrate these remarkable creatures and inspire stewardship in the province.”

The exhibit incorporates engaging audio, video presentations, and even real bat specimens, inviting the public to explore and discover the enchanting universe of bats.

Residents can see the BATS exhibit during regular museum hours, and the museum will also offer guided educational experiences for classes, making it an exciting addition to the RMDC’s diverse offerings, showcasing British Columbia’s stunning natural world.

“Rossland is such a nature-driven community, it was a no-brainer to bring this amazing exhibit here to share with our community,” said Wright.

“I’m looking forward to seeing people interact with the exhibit and connect with how amazing bats are.

“I can’t wait to see people go batty for bats!”

The exhibit will be on display in the J.D. McDonald Hall at the Rossland Museum from Oct. 12, 2023, to Jan. 5, 2024.

To kick off this exciting exhibit, the public is invited to an opening event filled with bat-tastic trivia on Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

BATS is made possible through the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Le Roi Community Foundation.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.

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