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[28-10-2020] The Regional History Museum – Blagoevgrad celebrated the International Bat Night
The event was organized by the Regional History Museum – Blagoevgrad, in partnership with Green Balkans and the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation.

Students from the XI "Hristo Botev" Secondary School and "St. St. Kliment Ohridski" High School for Foreign Languages (HSFL) took part in the event. The organizers had prepared a rich program, including an art studio for the little ones and a presentation "The bright side of the night", which introduced interesting facts about the nocturnal mammals. A bat exhibition was opened too, provided as part of the activities of the Green Balkans "Natura 2000 in Bulgaria – New Horizons" project and will be exhibited within 2 weeks in RHM – Blagoevgrad. Students from "Ecology and Environmental Protection” specialty at „Neofit Rilski" South West University were guests at the official opening of the exhibition and the screening of films.
 


An information clip about bats and whether they are to be blamed for COVID – 19 answers to a number of difficult questions:
 

A special part was dedicated to the Adventures of Darki the Bat - a puppet theater, presenting the story and misfortunes of a young bat in the city. You can see the video here:


The video was shot during the celebration of the Bat Night in Blagoevgrad in 2018.
The book "Adventures of Darki the Bat", published by Green Balkans, was used as the basis for the script. Under the guidance of Mrs. Yuliya Dzhivdzhorska, together with her "Cricket" Children's and Youth Theater graduates, the characters from the book were revived, presenting the bat troubles in an interesting and fun way. The music, puppets and sets were made especially for the theater.


After the film, Darki himself appeared at the event – in the person of Vladi – a colleague from the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation.

We would like to thank Toni Todorova and the Regional History Museum– Blagoevgrad team, as well as the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for another successful Bat Night, which we organize together!

Additional information about the International Bat Night:
The initiative to celebrate the event is led by the Secretariat of EUROBATS – the Agreement on the Conservation of European Bat Species. Celebrated for the first time in 1990 in France and Poland, today the European Bat Night is organized in more than 30 countries, including Bulgaria. In 2012, the United States, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Lebanon joined the event for the first time. With this, the Bat Night became an international event going beyond the borders of the "Old Continent", which aims to introduce people to the unique life and the great importance of one of the most interesting animals on the planet - bats. Western countries usually celebrate the Bat Night on the last weekend of August, but in Bulgaria we are all still on vacation. That is why we are waiting for students to start school and after September 15 the Bat Night information campaign is launched.


Natura 2000
Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network for nature conservation. More than 30% of the territory of Bulgaria falls within the scope of the network - 120 areas for the protection of wild birds and 234 areas for the protection of natural habitats.

Bats
33 from the 35 species of bats in Europe can be found in Bulgaria. They are of key importance for ecosystems. All bat species are protected by the Biodiversity Act, and the forest and underground habitats of the species are protected within the Natura 2000 ecological network.


Contacts:
Tonya Todorova - RHM – Blagoevgrad, mobile phone +359877554458;
 
Polina Hristova - Green Balkans
mobile phone +359882508721, e-mail: phristova@greenbalkans.org

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