Mississippi Valley Conservancy launches virtual Kickapoo Caverns series

WAUZEKA, Wis. (WKBT) – The secrets to one of Wisconsin’s longest cave systems can now be experienced online.

The Mississippi Valley Conservancy typically shares the hidden treasures of the Kickapoo Caverns through guided hikes during the summer. This year, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the conservancy is offering a virtual tour instead.

A two-part series will take visitors underground to learn more about some of Wisconsin’s threatened and endangered bat species, which call the Kickapoo Caverns their home.

“The tour begins with our bat specialist from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Jennifer Radell, she will give a really great history of the bats of Wisconsin. Why they’re here, why they’re very important and why we need to protect them,” says Director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Carol Abrahamzon. “But also just some history about the land, how the cavern was founded, what it’s been used for in the past. Just some of the unique parts of that. But really a focus on the habitat. ”

Part 1 of the series was released Friday and can be watched free from the Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s Youtube channel. Part 2 will be released on August 8 and highlights the Cavern’s more than 400-million-year-old story.