Desert Speaks

Bats Among Us

Season 15, Episode 8 of 13

Montezuma Castle, a five-story 20-room cliff dwelling, served as a " high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Now it serves the same purpose to a colony of bats. Concern over the possible harm that these latter-day residents may be doing has led to some very interesting hands-on research to study the impact of bat habitats on cultural landmarks. The program also visits Tonto National Monument, where the scale of the ruins makes capturing bats a test of wills and ingenuity, and Chiricahua National Monument to see how one of Arizona's natural gems is the perfect location for collecting data on tree-roosting bats. This episode finds bats in hand, in roosts and in the air to learn how bat population density affects humans.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
8/14/2012
10:30 p.m.
8/15/2012
5:30 a.m.
11/5/2012
10:30 p.m.
11/6/2012
5:30 a.m.
6/20/2013
10:30 p.m.
6/21/2013
5:30 a.m.
8/6/2014
6:30 p.m.
8/6/2014
11 p.m.
8/6/2014
11:30 p.m.
8/7/2014
8/7/2014
6 a.m.
12/29/2014
6:30 p.m.
12/29/2014
11 p.m.
12/29/2014
11:30 p.m.
12/30/2014
12/30/2014
6 a.m.
9/16/2015
6:30 p.m.
9/16/2015
11 p.m.
9/16/2015
11:30 p.m.
9/17/2015
9/17/2015
6 a.m.
5/19/2016
6:30 p.m.
5/19/2016
11 p.m.
5/19/2016
11:30 p.m.
5/20/2016
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