Chapel Branch pollution linked to sinkholes; survival of at-risk species may be threatened

Federally protected caves, sinkholes and wetlands found within Santee State Park contain several rare and “at-risk species” – species that could be in danger.

According to the Natural Science Research Laboratory of Texas Tech University, the bats are usually closely associated with water and when they leave their roosts late in the evening (usually about dark), they fly to nearby ponds and streams over which they forage and from which they drink. They fly low over the water, usually within 2 feet of the surface, capturing insects. Specific foods are not known, but small moths, midges, mosquitoes and flies are probably of importance.

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