Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Mad About Bats

Join Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day weekend, to celebrate the park residents that gobble up mosquitos and see with their ears! Special guests Rhys Thomas and David Lichtenstein will present a 30-minute comedy circus for all ages, sharing bat science through juggling, lasso work, puppetry, and more.

On September 2 and 3, Mad About Bats will have an 11 a.m. performance at Fort Clatsop and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows at Netul Landing. At 7:30 p.m. join ecologist Dr. Tara Chestnut and Michael Hansen at Netul Landing for an acoustic bat bioblitz. The bioblitz will show which bat species are active that evening. Participants will take a short walk while listening and recording species’ vocalizations.

JuggleMania’s Rhys Thomas and wild west roper David Lichtenstein use comedy, circus skills, and audience involvement to educate adults and kids about bats! See bat characteristics illustrated with juggling, hear echolocation illustrated with trick lasso work, and feel silly from all the clowning around. A beautiful bat puppet and large photos of bats are also used to help humans relate to their flying mammal brethren.

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471 or check out or Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Facebook or Instagram.


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