07 Jul '12, 3pm

Why bats are summer's best friend

In a life filled with outdoor activities, I have only come upon bats up close and personal twice. Once was while I was spelunking a cave in Syracuse during college (he was hanging from the ceiling, as expected!) and once while I was in the Dominican Republic, when I found a tiny, adorable bat curled up asleep under a giant leaf. But while I was standing in the northern part of Central Park a week ago, on a bat walk put together by the Audubon Society of NYC, I realized that bats had been all around me - I had just never noticed them. Bats, as you would suspect, come out at dusk, and because they way they fly is similar to birds , its easy to mistake them from their feathered fellow fliers. Indeed, the first bats of the evening mingled in the darkening sky along with the last birds, and to the untrained eye, they were indistinguishable. Our bat walk leader, Paul Keim, had a...

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