Year of 2017

Bats in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho

There’s no need to join NASA if you want to see the Craters of the Moon. Take a trip to this national monument and preserve in Idaho and leave the spacesuit at home. The lava field topography inspired the lunar name, but the scenery is pure earthling territory, and home to 11 species of bats that live in the caves and forests of the preserve. In this photo, two different species of Myotis bats remind us that it’s Bat Appreciation Day today. And why not give praise to these flying mammals? These two will keep the beetle and moth population low by gobbling up the creepy-crawlies.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a U.S. National Monument and national preserve in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. It is along US 20, between the small towns of Arco and Carey, at an average elevation of 5,900 feet above sea level. The protected area’s features are volcanic and represent one of the best-preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States.
Address: 18 Miles Southwest Of Arco, Hwy 20/26/93, Arco, ID 83213
Phone: (208) 527-1300
Established: 1924
Area: 1,117 sq miles (2,893 km²)
Annual visitors: 246,826 (2015)
Managed by: National Park Service · Bureau of Land Management