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BATS Magazine

Volume 36, Issue 2, 2017

Nat Geo to Feature Bracken Cave

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On July 9, the world witnessed the breathtaking spectacle of Bracken Cave in what was described as the ‘Super Bowl’ of natural history television. Hosted by Jane Lynch, National Geographic Channel’s Earth Live was a two-hour live television broadcast that showcased some of nature’s most spectacular landscapes - include the 'batnado' of Bracken Cave. 

The event was anchored in a New York City studio and broadcast globally on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, and Mundo, in 171 countries and 45 languages.

The residents of Bracken Cave received special treatment as the new Canon ME20, dubbed the ‘Moonlight Camera,’ was utilized to film the bats at night without the use of any external lighting. This new technology was coupled with live radar images of the emerging colony from local weather stations so that viewers could witness the immense scale of the Bracken emergence.

Read more about this unique event and catch the full episode on National Geographic TV


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