Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Great Emergence of Gray Bats: See them while you can



You can still catch the nightly emergence of more than 250,000 bats from Sauta Cave, the largest emergence east of the Mississippi. Scientists fear this may not continue because of the spread of white-nose syndrome.

Here are some other resources.
Here's a first hand account of a 2010 visit I made to Sauta Cave.

And a video I shot, featuring Keith Hudson, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources top bat expert explaining the phenomenon.


For a national perspective on WNS, government and non-governmental partners have compiled this website: www.whitenosesyndrome.org.

For more Alabama news on White-nose Syndrome The Alabama Bat Working Group


A photo gallery of the Sauta cave emergence shot by Birmingham News Photographer Hal Yeager


View Bat Caves in a larger map Other Resources:
Outdoor Alabama bat-watching page



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