A Mariana fruit bat is seen in a file photo.

A Mariana fruit bat is seen in a file photo. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bat enthusiasts will have a chance to celebrate the winged creatures on Long Island next week, as part of the third annual Bat Week.

The National Park Service and other national and international conservation organizations are partnering for the week in a quest to raise awareness for bat conservation.

“Bats are fascinating creatures that should be celebrated,” said Long Island native Dalton Brauer, a Student Conservation Association intern who monitors bats for the National Park Service on Fire Island, in a press release. “These events are a great way to celebrate the species we are working to protect.”

Educational and recreational events will be held around the country, including on Long Island between Saturday and Oct. 31.

Local events include a fundraiser supporting the conservation of Long Island’s bats, a ranger-led presentation for children, and outdoor bat-watching opportunities. The events will be hosted by the NPS, the Seatuck Environmental Association and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Here are the events on Long Island and in New York City:

Bats & Brews, a fundraiser supporting the conservation of Long Island’s bats

Scully Mansion, Seatuck Environmental Association

Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 to 11 p.m.

Tickets required

Going Batty for Bats, a ranger-led presentation and activities and for kids

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m.

National Bat Week Celebration

Central Park Zoo

Thursday, Oct. 27, noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets required

Creatures of the Night Program, which includes outdoor bat-watching

Wilderness Visitor Center, Fire Island National Seashore

Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Bat Bonanza

Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets required

Halloween Happenings

Monday, Oct. 31, 3 to 6 p.m.

Patchogue-Medford Library

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