Belmont Bay Bat Festival


Concerned Citizens United for Belmont Bay is pleased to announce that the Belmont Bay Bat Festival will be held on Thursday, 11/02/2023 from 5-8pm, at the Visitor Center, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the local detection of one particular bat— the Northern Long-Eared Bat— which is on the Endangered Species List, and one other bat— the Tricolored Bat— which has been proposed to be listed as endangered at the OBNWR.

Representatives from the Bat Conservation International, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bat Conservation and Rescue of Virginia, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and Rob Hartwell, a Belmont Bay resident, will be speaking at the Festival. The festival will be informational, educational and fun. Please come to learn all about bats, the survival challenges they are facing, and what we can do to save them from extinction.   Bats will be in attendance!

All residents are welcome. No registration is required. For questions and further information please contact

For zoom:

Topic: Bat Program

Time: Nov 2, 2023 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 764 8090 5362

Passcode: FX9Q12

Date and Time:  Thursday, November 2, 2023, 5:00pm-8:00pm

                             (the Refuge entrance gate will be closed by 5:30 pm)

Location:  Visitor Center

The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

14050 Dawson Beach Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Speakers:      Susan Holmes, Endangered Species Coalition

Mylea Bayless, Bat Conservation International

                             Gabby Youngken, US FWS

                             Leslie Sturges, VA Bats Conservation and Rescue

                             Courtney Phelan, Natl Wildlife Refuge Assn.

                             Rob Hartwell, Belmont Bay Resident

For more information, contact KP Lau,

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