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International Bat Festival to Feature Bat Breakfast

LAS CRUCES--A Sunrise Bat Flight breakfast will highlight the International Bat Festival, Sept. 24-26 in Carlsbad.

Several thousand Mexican free-tail bats will return to Carlsbad Caverns during the early morning of Sept. 26 creating an interesting show as observers enjoy breakfast.

"The sound made by bats returning by the thousands to their summer roosting area inside Carlsbad Caverns is very eerie, especially at 5 a.m.," said Mike Cook, director of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "The bats circle several hundred feet overhead and then dive-bomb in clusters into the cave opening."

Other activities include a sheriff's posse barbecue, arts and crafts booths, an International Bat Festival Parade and a sunrise balloon launch on the Pecos River. There also will be a lantern tour of Carlsbad Caverns and educational programs about bats. There will be related displays at the Living Desert State Park in Carlsbad throughout the festival.'

For more information, contact Kimberly Carol at (505)234-7322 or REDTT at (505)646-8009.

A program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, REDTT promotes agriculture through tourism.