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January 2006, Volume 4, Number 1
See the Bats Fly at Bracken Cave

When the bats emerge from Bracken Bat Cave, they are packed into a vortex so dense that they seem often to be a single, swirling organism. Countless flapping wings spread a faintly audible flutter over the Hill Country of Central Texas. Thick ribbons of hungry bats snake across the darkening skies while occasional owls and hawks dive on the columns, snatching the unwary or unlucky. The twilight emergence of Bracken's millions of Mexican free-tailed bats is an unforgettable experience, one of the most awesome spectacles in nature.
 
And it may be seen almost exclusively by members of Bat Conservation International.
 
BCI owns and protects this invaluable resource – the summer home of the world's largest bat colony. Each year, we open this unique property near San Antonio, Texas, on specially designated nights so our members can experience this natural wonder.
 
Reservations for the 2006 Bracken Member Nights will be accepted beginning Feb. 15, 2006. 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 Bat Cave.)
 
How to Register
 
If you are already a BCI member, the fastest and easiest way to reserve your place (registration begins February 15) for a Bracken Member Night is to register online at www.batcon.org/membernights.
 
Here are the 2006 Member Nights at Bracken (All dates are Saturdays):
 
April 8
June 24
July 1
July 15
August 12
September 2
September 16
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All articles in this issue:
Bats in the News
Setting the record straight is one of the most powerful things that any of us who care about bats can do to help these ...

See the Bats Fly at Bracken Cave
When the bats emerge from Bracken Bat Cave, they are packed into a vortex so dense that they seem often to be a single, swirling ...

Tracking Saltpeter
The future of the endangered Indiana myotis may hinge on restoring hibernation caves that once held great colonies but are now ...



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