Hang out with a live Bat at our Halloween event this Monday…
This just in! You can now get up close and personal with live bats at this Monday’s social mixer and screening, courtesy of our friends at NorCal Bats.
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Event highlights include:
~ Live bat encounters in the lobby with NorCal Bats
~ Edible bug tasting of spicy superworms, courtesy of Don Bugito
~ Bat costume contest with great prizes
~ Q&A with local bat experts Cat Taylor of East Bay Regional Park District and Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats
~ SF Premiere screening of Laura Brooks’ new documentary Bat City, USA about bat conservation efforts in Austin, TX
~ Mixing and mingling with like-minded bats
Monday, October 28
6:00pm Social mixer with live bat encounters
7:00pm Screening + Discussion
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street (at Minna)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Close to Civic Center BART and Market St. MUNI.
General $12 ($15 at door)
Student/Senior $11 ($14 at door)
Bat City, USA is Laura Brooks’ compelling new documentary about how a city overcame its fear of one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures and now heartily embraces them, largely thanks to the efforts of one man.
A giant colony of Mexican Free-tailed bats moved into an Austin, Texas bridge in the 1980’s after a reconstruction project created an ideal roosting habitat. The “bat invasion” launched a media hoopla and alarm among residents worried about bat attacks and rabies. When the city threatened to exterminate the bats, a zealous conservationist named Merlin Tuttle stepped in and fought to save them. Tuttle, a bat researcher at a Milwaukee museum, moved to Austin, which he called the epicenter of “worldwide bad bat publicity”, and founded Bat Conservation International to promote a positive image of bats.
To overcome local opposition, he worked tirelessly to change public perception of the bats—from scary disease carriers to desirable creatures who help keep moths and mosquitoes in check, among other environmental benefits. As a pioneering bat photographer whose images were published in National Geographic, Tuttle used his striking photos as one important weapon in his battle for the bats.
Thanks to Tuttle’s efforts, Austin now loves its bats. Thousands of tourists annually are drawn to the downtown setting for a fascinating, close-up glimpse of the world’s largest urban bat colony – nearly one million bats.
“Laura Brooks has created a compelling, richly informative film – every bit as rare and wondrous as the flying mammals that fill its frames.”
– Doug Kreutz, Environmental Reporter, Tucson, AZ
“Bat City, USA is the story of a gifted and passionate scientist who overcame ridicule and rejection to single-handedly save a city’s huge bat colony. In doing so, he transformed the city’s perception of the bat from a menace to a beloved icon.”
– John Kerr, Writer, Austin, TX
Bat City, USA, Laura Brooks, USA, 2012, 57 mins
After the screening, participate in a discussion and audience Q&A with local bat experts, including Cat Taylor, Naturalist, East Bay Regional Park District and Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats.
Screens with short film:
Sheraz Sadiq/KQED Quest, USA, 2012, 10 mins
Includes bug tasting of spicy superworms!
A plate of roasted crickets, pan-fried bee larvae of caramelized meal worms would be tough to swallow for most, but not for a few Bay Area residents who are encouraging people to open their minds and mouths to edible insects. Learn why they think edible insects are a smarter alternative to more traditional kinds of meat.
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