San Antonio: Save Bracken Bat Cave, Stop the Crescent Hills Development
  • Petitioning San Antonio Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission

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San Antonio Mayor, City Council, Planning Commission

San Antonio: Save Bracken Bat Cave, Stop the Crescent Hills Development

    1. Petition by

      Bat Conservation International

One of the worlds’ top ten wildlife spectacles, and the only one in the United States, is now threatened!

Bracken Cave, the world's largest gathering of bats, is an unparalleled living natural wonder. The emergence of its 10 million+ bats from Bracken cave is a one-of-kind sight. Now we need your help saving it! Galo Properties has proposed a large-scale, high density community along the Bracken Cave Reserve’s border that would place 3,800 homes—approximately 10,000 people—next to colony and under the twice daily flight path of millions of bats! This would be a situation sure to put people and bats into conflict. Not only would the proposed Crescent Hills community be potentially detrimental to the bats and the multi-million dollar pest control services they provide for Texas agriculture, it would also lie atop the sensitive Edwards Aquifer-recharge zone, threatening Central Texas’ water supply and the millions of public dollars invested in protecting it. The federally endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler also calls this area home, nesting and foraging on the land slated for building. Tell the San Antonio City Council, Mayor, and Planning Commission that Mr. Galo's proposed subdivision is an incompatible use for the land in this area.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. San Antonio's City Council Meeting was a Success

      On May 29th, we spoke before the San Antonio City Council and a packed City Hall against the proposed Crescent Hills development next to Bracken Cave Preserve. We presented our 12-day old petition against the Crescent Hills development to the mayor and council. With 13,300 signatures from more than 70 countries, our petition definitely made an impact. Representatives from Texas Parks, the San Antonio Zoo, the Army’s Camp Bullis, Audubon Texas, Sierra Club, Preserve Texas Heritage Association, the Heritage Group, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center were among the 61 people that testified in support and about the importance of Bracken Cave.

      THANK YOU to everyone who attended the meeting, signed the petition, sent letters, and made calls to city officials. Please continue to voice your opposition to the Galo Properties development by telling your family and friends about the threat to our Bracken Bats. Check out our website, Facebook, and Twitter (@Batconintl) for updates.

    3. Reached 12,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Espinoza BRENHAM, TX
      • about 3 hours ago

      All animals need their habitats. We need to preserve them, especially since they a important biological pest control.

    • Christina Macdonald CLIFTON, VA
      • 1 day ago

      This is so important because bats are an integral part of the ecosystem, and because -- dang, there are so many other places people can live, but so few for bats. And they're in such trouble with WNS in colder areas, maybe Bracken will be the last refuge.

      • 3 days ago

      it was my fathers cause and i continue in his memory

    • Kathryn Donaldson LIVE OAK, TX
      • 6 days ago

      Live in area and love bats.

    • Juliette Cusack AUSTRALIA
      • 6 days ago

      It's important to the bats! They don't get a vote.


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