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Bracken Cave bats come out for RAWA

Monday, May 9, 2022 by Tai Moses

Photo by Stephanie Lee Shelton, courtesy of TPWD.

The public has a chance tonight to witness – virtually – one of Texas’ greatest wildlife spectacles: the nightly emergence of millions of Mexican free-tailed bats from Bracken Cave, home to the largest bat colony in the world. The event, co-sponsored by Bat Conservation International and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be streamed live on Facebook starting at 8:20 p.m. on May 9. Biologists will be on hand to answer live questions from the audience and discuss the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, bipartisan legislation that could bring $50 million to Texas to help protect wildlife and restore precious ecosystems like Bracken Cave. RAWA has the strong support of the National Wildlife Federation, the Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife, the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society. Community members are encouraged to contact their U.S. senators and representatives and urge them to vote yes on this critical legislation.

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