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February 2010, Volume 8, Number 2
See the Bats of Bracken Cave

The world’s largest colony of bats flies out of Bracken Bat Cave around sundown each summer evening. Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats spiral out from the cave mouth in a dense vortex, so many that you can hear the flutter of flapping wings. They peel off into thick ribbons for their night of hunting over the Texas Hill Country, often with hawks and owls diving into their midst to snatch an unlucky few. Before they return at dawn, these bats will have eaten some 200 tons of insects, including many that ravage local crops. The emergence of the bats of Bracken is an awesome, inspiring sight you will never forget.
 
Members of Bat Conservation International are invited each summer to visit Bracken Bat Cave on the edge of San Antonio and witness this unique natural spectacle on our exclusive BCI Member Nights.
 
BCI owns and protects this cave and its incredible maternity colony of freetails. To safeguard it until adequate visitor and education facilities can be developed, we must severely limit visitation. Few besides BCI members are invited.
 
Reservations for the 2010 Bracken Member Nights are now being accepted. Space is extremely limited, so please register early. After you register, we’ll send directions and additional information with your confirmation. (Please limit your party to four people. Neither pets nor alcoholic beverages are allowed at Bracken Cave.)
 
 
Reserve your place for a Bracken Member Night online at www.batcon.org/membernights.
 
Please email any questions to membernight@batcon.org.
 
The 2010 Member Nights Schedule
 
Friday, April 30
Friday, May 14
Friday, May 28
Saturday, June 26
Friday, July 2
Wednesday, July 7
Saturday, July 17
Saturday, July 31
Wednesday, August 4
Saturday, August 7
Friday, August 13
Wednesday, August 18
Saturday, August 21
Friday, August 27
Friday, September 3
Wednesday, September 15
Saturday, September 25
Friday, October 1
Saturday, October 9
 
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All articles in this issue:
Conserving Desert Bats
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona is a vast and rugged stretch of desert that supports a remarkable ...

See the Bats of Bracken Cave
The world’s largest colony of bats flies out of Bracken Bat Cave around sundown each summer evening. Millions of Mexican ...

Can Europe Help U.S. Bats?
European scientists are attacking White-nose Syndrome, the disease that has devastated bat populations throughout the ...



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