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One of the bat bridge locations at River and Campbell. One of the bat bridge locations at River and Campbell.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Seeing bats around sunset is not a surprise for many.  It is a yearly event in the Tucson area especially during the late spring and early summer. 

Every Thursday at dusk everyone is invited to see these bats leaving their bridges to hunt for their dinner.  It is all part of the Bat Bridges project.  There will be docents on hand from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at the bridge on River and Campbell, as well as at the Pantano River Park, near Pantano and 22nd Street. 

Everyone will get to see bats leave the bridge and fly through the night sky looking for dinner, or in the bat's case, insects. 

The docents will be able to answer any questions visitors will have about the bats. The bats flying from the Tucson bridges are the Mexican Free-Tailed bats, they weigh about 13 grams and have a wingspan of 10 inches, with a body the size of a thumb. 

Bat Bridges is happening every Thursday night from June to August; the best time to arrive to watch the bats is 40 minutes before dusk. 

Some experts say there are more than 200,000 bats flying around Tucson during the summer months.

For more on the bat bridge program go online to http://www.desertmuseum.org/visit/bat_bridge.php

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