This is the monthly Wildlife Spotlight, where we highlight the best time to see certain animals in all their splendor.
For much of the year, the casual observer climbing down the zigzagging edge that lines the jaws of the Earth’s crust at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico might miss the swiss-cheesed pattern around the walls where all the sparrows and bats live out a portion of the year. But not in August and September.
Right now, these multi-colored nooks and crannies are currently alive with the flapping and screeching of both birds and mammals. This writhing mass bubbles with cacophonic howls and hints at the grandiose exodus the bats make from the mouth of the megacave each dusk for the Bat Flight.