Into the Great Wide Open: BatsLIVE!

Its always brilliant to see fab things going on in the world of bats!  On September 18th, there was a live webcast from the Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas, home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of mammals!  Millions of Mexican Free Tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), also known as the Brazillian Free-Tailed Bat, emerge nightly during spring and summer months, and the good people at Bat Conservation International enabled the whole world to watch the emergence together.

It was hosted by Sandy Frost from the USDA Forest Service and featured experts from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bat Conservation International, and the show aired at 7pm EST (so that’s midnight UK time!).  I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the broadcast, and chat about it as it was happening on twitter.

The show featured talks with various experts, and ideas for bat games that you can play.  Chocked full of bat facts, live question and answers via the website and twitter, and a fantastic atmosphere of anticipation, it was well worth the late night for me!  Luckily, you don’t have to stay up till 2am to see it – as the Bats Live website has now uploaded the video of the show, and you can watch it here!

The website also has links to watch the first BatsLive video which was shown in May 2012.  So I hope you enjoy the show – I know I did!

– Morgan 🙂

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