Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is pleased to announce that Tackapausha Museum and Preserve has re-opened the Bats Exhibit.
Come and see a live family of Egyptian Fruit Bats as they fly and “hang out” in the Museum’s nocturnal area. The Egyptian Fruit Bats, like their name suggests are fruit eaters, consuming large amounts of grapes, cantaloupe, and bananas among other fruit. Long Island is home to several species of bats, mainly insect eaters, like the Little Brown Bat, which eat large amounts of mosquitos. You’re not going to encounter an Egyptian Fruit Bat in the wild on Long Island as they are native to Africa. Come down to Tackapausha Museum and Preserve to learn more about them.
The Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, the first tract of preserve land acquired by Nassau County, is one of the most popular preserves on the South Shore. The Museum and Preserve provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy a physically and spiritually invigorating hike in a convenient and accessible location. In addition, the preserve incorporates a 3,000-square-foot museum with displays about the ecology of Long Island, as well as animal exhibits and shows and interactive activities for children.
The preserve itself consists of three sections divided by major roads, with trails that meander through each part. In the southern section, between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, the preserve is host to the largest Atlantic White Cedar “stand,” or grouping of trees, in Nassau County, located in a swamp just north of Tackapausha Pond, near Merrick Road. In the central section, between Sunrise Highway and Clark Avenue, a small, secluded pond draws waterfowl and amphibians. The northern section, between Clark and Jerusalem avenues, includes a small wetland near Clark.
Tackapausha Museum and Preserve is open Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For further information please call: (516) 571-7443 or visit the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.