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Holy Bat Sky!


Posted on September 24, 2018

Photography by Gabriel Teague

Hurry and you can still catch views of the largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in California. The mammals emerge each evening at dusk from their roost under the Yolo Causeway to pepper the sky as they eat their body weight in insects, assisting with pest control in the region. But there’s drama: They must avoid capture by peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks that lie in wait. Join an informative walk with Yolo Basin Foundation bat expert Corky Quirk, who gathers visitors before each walk to show some bats up close and share lots of bat info. Walks, which run three hours total, are family-friendly and sell out fast ($14 for adults; ages 14 and younger are free). yolobasin.org/battalkandwalks

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