A Mine of Their Own

Groups Work to Give Bats a Place to Hang Out

Preserve manager Bill Brown switched on the light on his coal miner helmet and waited his turn to slide down the steep snow-covered entrance to the abandoned Hague Mine in upstate New york. Already safely inside, his colleagues from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy & Land Trust (ANCLT), along with a team of journalists who were accompanying them that day, gave him the signal to go, and Brown descended into the mine, glad to trade the below-zero temperatures outside for the more than 120,000 hibernating little brown and big brown bats that awaited his arrival below.