Bats take flight in seasonal spectacle
After a dusty drive over the dirt roads of a rice farm, the caravan of cars stopped. We all exited our vehicles and moved to the front of the line. Dragonflies flitted over the tall, waving stalks of rice and mosquitoes began to appear in clouds. Tour leader Corky Quirk dropped a large box filled with bottles of OFF next to the orange cones she had set out. This was the 50-yard mark. We stood and waited while the sun set, because 50 yards in front of us, we were about to see 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats take flight.
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