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  A pair of Little Brown bats underneath Lilac Tree
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  • A pair of Little Brown bats underneath Lilac Tree - Mackinac Island
      A pair of Little Brown bats underneath Lilac Tree
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  • Hiding out - Mackinac Island
      Hiding out
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Many tourists notice the tiny winged creatures that inhabit Mackinac's town, but few realize they are actually bats, not birds. If you have a fear of bats, don't worry! Bats are harmless, and are more scared of humans than we may be of them. They eat incredible amounts of mosquitoes and are an important part of Mackinac's ecology. Bats won't get tangled in your hair, and they can actually see very well.

If you like watching bats, there are a couple of especially good places to spot them. Main street at night is usually filled with them, swooping overhead and eating all the bugs that congregate by the lights. There are usually some roosting (resting) underneath the Lilac Tree Hotel, up near the ceiling (they are the little black marks on the purple molding). Small Point Resort also has a healthy population that likes to wing around in their grotto, so if you want to make a short trip (it's about a mile from downtown), it's pretty neat.

Just remember, don't touch or harass the bats. Admire these strange creatures from afar!

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2011
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