Volume 36, Issue 3, 2017

Experience a Virtual ‘Batnado’

Credit: Jonathan Alonzo.

We all know that a visit to Bracken Cave can be a life-changing experience, but did you know that you can now experience the famous ‘batnado’ of Bracken Cave without ever leaving your home?

This past July, USA Today paid a visit to Bracken Cave to film an episode of VRtually There, a virtual reality series that places viewers right in the middle of some of the most spectacular places and events worldwide. In the episode “Night Flight,” Fran Hutchins, BCI’s Director of Bracken Cave Preserve, guides viewers through an emergence of millions of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) from Bracken Cave. Using a VR headset like Google Cardboard or Oculus Rift, viewers can experience what it is like to stand in the middle of swirling vortex of bats — a truly magical experience.


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