Environmental Film Series Starts Next Month

BatWELLFLEET – Now in its fourth year, the Sea Change environmental film series with panel discussions featuring local and regional experts, is co-sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

The series begins Saturday, February 13 at 7 PM at WHAT’s Julie Harris Stage with “Bat City, USA”, a film which chronicles the story of how one American city essentially went bats over bats.

When a renovated downtown bridge in Austin, Texas became the roosting site of a massive colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the 1980’s, residents went on the warpath, calling for the extermination of an animal they believed to carry rabies and other diseases.

As Tuttle’s educational efforts began to pay off, the city of Austin not only became more tolerant of bats—it viewed them as an asset.

Following the screening of Bat City USA, there will be a short presentation on the bats of Cape Cod by Dr. Tom French of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

French will be joined by Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Science coordinator Mark Faherty in a discussion about bats.

The film series resumes on Saturday, February 27 at 7 PM with Flight of the Butterflies, a 2012 documentary about the monarch butterfly and the late University of Toronto zoologist and his wife who spent 40 years trying to discover the insect’s wintering grounds and confirm the creature’s amazing 2000 mile annual migration.

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