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Free Family Fun Day features Carlsbad Caverns Park Ranger; The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs presents their free Family Fun Day

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The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle, presents a free Family Fun Day, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. until 5. p.m. The event is in conjunction with the exhibition “In the Dark,” an interactive exhibit about the ecosystems of the night, below the ground, inside caverns and deep in the ocean.

Virginia Moyers, Park Ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park since 2008, will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Known as “Bat Ranger,” Moyers will be presenting a program about Brazilian Free-tailed bats that reside in the Carlsbad Cavern Caves.

Moyers received her Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science with a minor in conservation biology from New Mexico State University in 2002. She is a desert southwest native whose passions include bats, speleology, cave microbe research, saving endangered species, permian eeology, early North American archeology, art history and teaching. Her passion and enthusiasm for bats is contagious.

Other activities for the Family Fun Day include arts and crafts for children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a special appearance by the mascot Carl S. Bat throughout the day. At 2 p.m., the Disney movie “Finding Dory” will be shown. Interactive tours of the exhibit “In the Dark” are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Western Heritage Museum at 575-492-2678.

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