We Can’t Stop Here, This is Bat Country!

Yeah, bats get a bit of a bad rap – everyone’s scared of them even though they’re benevolent little dudes. That’s because they get associated with the blood sucking undead, and they’ve been the subjects of horrid Lou Diamond Phillips movies to boot. (Have you seen Bats? What a piece of guano that was…) Well, thanks to the South Florida Science Museum (4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach), these fuzzy, flying mammals are going to finally catch a break. The museum’s latest exhibit, “Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats,” debunks popular misconceptions about the species and examines their importance in our ecosystem. And with nifty interactive exhibits like an echolocation simulator and a pair of giant bat ears that give ultra-sensitive hearing, patrons can finally know what it feels like to be a maligned, blind mammal just trying to get by. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through January. Ticket prices start at $6. Call 561-832-1988, or visit www.sfsm.org.
Sept. 21-Jan. 1, 2007
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John Linn