10 am. Kartchner Caverns State Park will
celebrate Earth Day and Bat Day,
with the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony. The day will
be filled with family activities, presentations and hands-on
The event will include presentations in the theater by
visiting bat experts plus family activities throughout the day.
Some of the activities and presentations will include:
• Children’s Activities • The Cave Sim (Cave
Simulator) Squeeze Box • Bat Display -Game and Fish
• Huachuca Area Herpetological Association (Live Reptiles)
• Soil Types - Ranger Dawn Allen
• Speleothem Display - Ranger Marlo Buchmann
the summer months, the cave’s Big Room serves as a nursery for
around 1,000 female cave myotis bats (scientific name Myotis
velifer). Pregnant females return to Kartchner Caverns
around the end of April, where they give birth to a single pup
in late June. Arizona State Parks conducted several studies
before development to see how the bats could be best protected.
The results of the studies led Arizona State Parks to close the
Big Room for tours while the bats are using it. The bat
populations are monitored each summer to see that they remain
Contact the Park at (520) 586-2283.
April 17-18-19 2015
Riders of all brand motorcycles welcome
At Benson's Lions Park 435 N. Adams St.
Music - DJ and Live Bands
Vendors - Tent Camping on Site - Door Prizes - T-Shirts
New Model Bikes - Antique & Specialty Bikes
Proceeds to benefit Cochise County Senior Meals Program