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Caves and Bats

BLM manages many intriguing caves, featuring otherworldly landforms and serving as critical groundwater conduits and habitat for a variety of creatures, including many species of bats. Learn about these weird, fragile ecosystems and the people who help BLM to explore, preserve, and protect them.



Welcome to the Underground
Science and Children article that explores cave ecosystems and management issues; includes poster and classroom activities.

BLM Resource Explorer Jim Goodbar
Profile of Jim Goodbar, Cave Specialist, with BLM-Carlsbad, New Mexico, Office.


Managing Deadwood for Bat Habitat: study of bat use of standing dead trees as habitat.

Monitoring the Effectiveness of Bat-Compatible Mine Gates: study of the effectiveness of bat compatible gates at abandoned mines in southwestern Utah.