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Bat Flight Breakfast Set at Caverns

LAS CRUCES Ð Festival-goers who want to do something batty can witness one of nature's most spectacular sights at the Bat Flight Breakfast Aug. 13 at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

"People can eat breakfast while watching thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats return to their summer roosting after a night of hunting insects," said Mike Cook, technical writer with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism(REDTT) project. "The bats circle several hundred feet above the park before diving into the caverns."

REDTT is a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service that promotes agriculture through tourism.

A park ranger will talk about bats, their habitat and the history of the Bat Flight Breakfast, which began in the late 1950s.

"The event provides an opportunity for a unique experience," Cook said. "It combines the amazing sights and eerie sounds of bats with the incredible beauty of Carlsbad Caverns."

The buffet breakfast costs $5 per person and will be served from 5 to 7 a.m.

Cavern tours will be available after the breakfast. The cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for children. Spectators also can tour museum exhibits, walk along nearby nature trails or take a scenic desert drive.

A second breakfast will be held in September during the Carlsbad International Bat Festival.

For more information, contact Aleta Knight or Rick LoBello at (505) 785-2232.