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Bats have their day

It’s OK to go batty at the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, at least during the Minnesota Bat Festival. The second annual event at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center drew more than 1,000 bat enthusiasts. Family-friendly activities gave everyone a chance to get involved and spread their bat wings or even create their own. 

The City’s Creative Placemaking Commission and Artistry offered a bat-inspired make-and-take art activity with cutouts and headbands.

“Multiple partners from many agencies and organizations all came together to promote bat conservation and education,” Creative Placemaking Director Alejandra Pelinka said. “We were happy to be a part of this fun event in South Loop.”