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Webcast: PEEC will air the event from Bracken Cave, near San Antonio

By Special to the Monitor

Pajarito Environmental Education Center will air a free live webcast of the bat flight from Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 18.  Chris Judson from Bandelier will be on hand to talk about the bat flight and answer questions.

Did you know that the 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats living in Bracken Cave eat approximately 200 tons of insects every night? They emerge from the cave each evening to feed, to the wonder of scores of eager spectators.

Now, with the age of technology, those spectators don’t even need to be in Texas. Those wanting to witness this exciting spectacle can watch “BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure” via webcast.

Bats are the only mammals that can fly, thanks to their modified fingers and thin membrane. In order to catch insects, most bats are highly maneuverable, fly very fast and sometimes fly as far as 30-50 miles in one night. 

The smallest bat in the world is about the size of a large bumblebee and the largest has a wingspan of six feet, but the average is less than 12-inches. 

Bats are an integral part of healthy ecosystems and have few conservation and education organizations that speak on their behalf. 

Visit PEEC for this webcast-based program and watch as millions of bats take flight.  

Then talk with Judson about features of bats, such as echolocation, bat conservation, and what can be done to help these creatures.  

 For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@ PajaritoEEC.org.