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Summer is bat-watching season in Tucson: Here's what you should know

Two University of Arizona experts talk about why Southern Arizona is a mecca for bats, share tips on how to best observe them, and clear up myths surrounding these fascinating creatures of the night.

Science writer Daniel Stolte tries to capture video of bats getting ready to fly out from the bridge on North Campbell Ave over the Rillito River in Tucson, Arizona.

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See our short film (4:20) about the conservation of ecosystem services from migratory species. This film focuses on pest-control services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats. These bats overwinter in Mexico and females migrate for the summer months to the southwestern US where they gather in large maternity roosts and consume vast quantities of flying insects every night. This natural pest-control service has supported agriculture in the US/Mexico border region for generations.