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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Cross is guest at Rotary Club

The Pecos Rotary Club had Janet Cross, Program Coordinator for the Greater West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, as a guest speaker at their meeting, recently.

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain and the most common form of dementia. Four million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease. Nineteen million say they have a family member with the disease.

Information and help is available for families and friends of Alzheimer's patients. The Pecos Daytime Group meets on the second Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m., in the Reeves County Hospital Classroom.

The Pecos Evening Support Group will now meet at 4 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Pecos Senior Center.

Bat flight breakfast set for August

The 44th Annual Bat Flight Breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5 a.m. until 7 a.m.

A few park employees, wanting to encourage visitors to witness the spectacular morning return flight of the Mexican free-tailed bats, started the Bat Flight Breakfast in the lat 1950s. Since then, the breakfast has become a tradition and is held each year on the second Thursday of August. Having grown in popularity over the years, the event now attracts 300 to 500 spectators.

The event provides an opportunity to experience the return of bats to the Carlsbad Cavern where they sleep during the day after a night of foraging for insects _ the bat colony at Carlsbad Cavern, estimated at 300,000 bats, is capable of eating literally tons of insects a night. Before entering the cavern in the morning, the bats circle several hundred feet overhead and then dive in clusters into the cavern entrance. Unlike the shorter exit flight of the previous night when the bats spiral up and leave the cave en masse, the unusual sights and sounds of the smaller groups of returning bats normally span several hours.

A reasonably priced outdoor breakfast - $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and uner _ will be served by National Park Service employee volunteers near the bat flight amphitheater and the cavern entrance. Park rangers will not only be serving up eggs and sausage, they will provide interpretive information about the bats and their return to the cavern. For the first 75 visitors interested in participating, there will be a special guided tour down the natural entrance. Entrance to the cavern will be free to all Bat Flight Breakfast participants.

The annual breakfast is sponsored by the Carlsbad Caverns Activity Association and Cavern Supply Company in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association.

For more information, call 505-785-2232, or visit the park's website at

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