The Bats of Austin

September 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I planned a trip to Austin, Texas way before Covid 19 for my birthday. The trip happened, albeit not exactly how I had in mind, but the main attraction for me was to see the famous bat bridge.

Our AirBnB was just over one block from the Congress Ave Bridge where at the time we were there, close to 2 million bats were nesting for the summer months. It is the largest colony of urban bats in North America. The Mexican free tail bats migrate to the bridge every year in the spring to have their babies and raise their young. Every evening at dusk they emerge over Lady Bird Lake, a section of the Colorado River that is dammed in the city. You can watch the bats from a park below, the bridge itself or from my favorite spot, a boat in the water. We did all 3!

  

I teared up every time I witnessed them take flight. It truly is an amazing thing to see. You don't even have to be a bat lover to like me to appreciate the sheer awesomeness of this sight. This was one of the best things I have ticked off my bucket list. If you have not been to Austin, go!


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