"Congress Bridge Bats" Statesman Bat Observation Center Tip by KenMore


The Congress Avenue Bridge spans Town Lake in downtown Austin and is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk to blanket the sky as they head out to forage for food. This event has become one of the most spectacular and unusual tourist attractions in Texas. The most spectacular bat flights are during hot, dry August nights, when multiple columns of bats emerge. There are several points from which to view the event, and an information kiosk is located on the north bank of the river, just east of the bridge. Although bats are generally not dangerous (such as the myths go), a bat that has been captured may be sick and should not be handled.

Address: 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Directions: Near Barton Springs Rd.
Phone: (512) 327-9721
Website: http://www.batcon.org/

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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