Nebraska Wildlife Rehab's Annual "Bats Over Omaha" Release is Thursday, May 5!

Annually, Nebraska Wildlife Rehab releases a group of bats (approximately 200 to 300 of the big brown bat species; photos from 2011 above and below, courtesy Nebraska Wildlife Rehab) received over the winter, primarily removed from people's houses.

The release allows the bats to return to the wild on an evening selected very carefully, as ideal weather conditions must be met.*

The 2016 release event is scheduled for Thursday, May 5! The event will begin at 6:30 pm in Joslyn Art Museum's east sculpture garden. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, but respectfully asked to leave dogs at home for this particular event (ensures a safer release for the bats).

*NOTE: This event is subject to last minute scheduling/postponement due to weather conditions. Please be sure to check Nebraska Wildlife Rehab's Facebook page for updates on the event.

A hands-on activity sponsored by Nebraska Wildlife Rehab will be available for younger guests.

There will be a short presentation on the bats at 7:50 pm, with the release taking place at approximately 8:00 pm.

The Museum is open until 8:00 pm, and visitors are encourage to visit the galleries prior to the release. Admission is free. Join us!