SALAMANCA – Bats will be in the spotlight as hundreds of nature lovers go to Allegany State Park this weekend for the 56th Annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage.
Co-sponsored by the Audubon Societies of Buffalo, Rochester, Jamestown and Presque Isle, Pa., it will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday in Camp Allegany with a presentation on bats by Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife biologist Greg Turner, followed by a walk after dusk to encounter the creatures.
Julie Ecklar, a keeper and registrar with the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, will talk about the aviary’s more conventional winged creatures at 8 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to the two main programs, the schedule, which begins at 1 p.m. Friday and continues through noon Sunday, includes more than 40 walks, talks and field trips throughout the park.
Cost for the entire weekend is $40 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 18. Children under 5 are free. One-day passes for adults are $25. For information and registration, visit www.alleganynaturepilgrimage.com.