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Episode of Desert Speaks

Bats Among Us

Season 15, Episode 8 of 13
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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.

When to Watch

day time channel
9/16/2015 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
9/16/2015 11 p.m. UA Channel
9/16/2015 11:30 p.m. World
9/17/2015 PBS HD
9/17/2015 6 a.m. UA Channel

Previously Aired

day time channel
8/14/2012 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
8/15/2012 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
11/5/2012 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
11/6/2012 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
6/20/2013 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
6/21/2013 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
8/6/2014 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
8/6/2014 11 p.m. UA Channel
8/6/2014 11:30 p.m. World
8/7/2014 PBS HD
8/7/2014 6 a.m. UA Channel
12/29/2014 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
12/29/2014 11 p.m. UA Channel
12/29/2014 11:30 p.m. World
12/30/2014 PBS HD
12/30/2014 6 a.m. UA Channel

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