Partners watch as bats exit Bracken Cave

During the months of June, July, and August, one of nature's most spectacular events occurs every evening. At dusk, 200,000-400,000 bats leave Sauta Cave to begin their nightly foraging. 

To view the bat emergence, park at the Refuge entrance gate (DO NOT block the gate) and walk approximately 100 yards to the cave entrance on your right. A wildlife viewing platform has been constructed to aid in the viewing experience. The best viewing will be from either side of the cave entrance. It is recommended that you bring a flashlight, and cover/rain gear due to bat guano droppings.