Endangered bats? Not at Carlsbad Caverns

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Endangered bats? Not at Carlsbad Caverns

Thousands of bats swarm out of the mouth of Carlsbad Caverns each evening at sunset to hunt for bugs for their nightly meal. While millions of bats in the East and Midwest have died from white-nose syndrome, the disease has not spread to New Mexico and nonhibernating bats like those that inhabit Carlsbad Caverns appear not to be affected.
The National Park Service presents bat-flight programs each night at Carlsbad Caverns from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.
If you go

Carlsbad Caverns Bat Flight Program: Carlsbad Caverns National Park at outdoor amphitheater near natural entrance to cave. www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/bat–flight–program.htm or (575) 785-3012. Every evening about hour before sunset from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. Free and no reservations required.
Tips: All cellphones, cameras or other electronic devices must be turned off, and observers asked to remain quiet. Young children and even babies welcome. Do not wander into brush; rattlesnakes may be present. Flashlight helpful for making way back to parking lot. Before driving away, pause to behold the magnificent wide-open night sky.

Endangered bats? Not at Carlsbad Caverns

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Thousands of bats swarm out of the mouth of Carlsbad Caverns each evening at sunset to hunt for bugs for their nightly meal. While millions of bats in the East and Midwest have died from white-nose syndrome, the disease has not spread to New Mexico and nonhibernating bats like those that inhabit Carlsbad Caverns appear not to be affected.
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The National Park Service presents bat-flight programs each night at Carlsbad Caverns from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October.
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