To The Bat Cave!

by Alan Rider

With all the hype surrounding the new Batman flick, The Dark Knight, I thought some folks might be interested in seeing the real deal up-close-and-personal (tights and cape optional).

One of the most extraordinary bat experiences I’ve ever had takes place from March through October at New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  Each night at sunset, more than 400,000 Brazillian freetail bats fly out of the cave’s mouth in a spectacle that’s been delighting visitors for decades.  The bats, which weigh less than an ounce, then spend “the dark night” foraging over a range of as much as 36 miles, eating several tons of insects in the process before returning to the cave at daybreak. 

To learn more about bats (the planet’s only flying mammals—sorry Batman) and other local bat happenings including a great video of millions of bats leaving Texas’ Bracken Cave, check out the website of Bat Conservation International.  


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